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Fishermen Protest Death of Their Colleague

Molson Bizitu, the area Councilor who also doubles as the Speaker Jinja municipal council, said they have given police an ultimatum of two weeks to arrest Kayira whom they fault for orchestrating murder on the lake.
Fishermen pelt stones at police officers from marine unit.

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Fishermen on rock landing site in Jinja municipality staged a protest on Monday against the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit for leaving illegal fishing operations in the hands of the Association of Fishers and Lake Users Uganda-AFALU. 

They pelted officers from the Police Marine Unit for alleged failure to patrol Lake Victoria at night, which has resulted into the escalation of crime. The fishermen accuse AFALU members of brutality and torture. 

The protest came two days 29- year- old Emmanuel Biso died at the hands of AFALU. Michael Dembe, an eye witness claims that they were intercepted by AFALU members led by a one Kayira and ordered to surrender their nets.

 

 

He says they resisted the directive prompting the AFALU members to state canning them and knocking their boat, which capsized immediately.

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A source in the Police Marine Unit told URN on condition of anonymity that they have recovered six bodies of fishermen who died in a similar manner between rock and Kikondo landing sites in a period of two months. 

Habib Mwavu, one of the fishermen asked government to intervene and deploy more military officers on the lake to save fishermen from AFALU brutality.

 

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Molson Bizitu, the area Councilor who also doubles as the Speaker Jinja municipal council, said they have given police an ultimatum of two weeks to arrest Kayira whom they fault for orchestrating murder on the lake.

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Kayira couldn't be reached for comment as he had fled his home and switched off his phone by the time of filing this story. 

Lt. Ronald Akandwanaho, the Commandant of the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit in Kamuli, Buyende, Bugiri, Jinja and Mayuge districts, says Kayira was stopped from conducting operations against illegal fishing on grounds of indiscipline.

 

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