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FPU Commandant Warns Fishermen Against Attempts to Bribe His Team

Addressing fishermen at Nakibanga Landing Site in Kyamuswa Sub County Kalangala District on Monday, Kirya said that he received reports about the move, which involves some district leaders and found it to be true.
Dick Kirya Kaija the Commander Illegal Fishing Operations in Uganda

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Dick Kirya Kaija, the Commandant of the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU has raised a red flag on the ongoing move by some fishermen in Kalangala district to solicit money from their colleagues purportedly to pay off the unit to turn a blind eye to illegal fishing practices. 

Addressing fishermen at Nakibanga Landing Site in Kyamuswa Sub County Kalangala District on Monday, Kirya said that he received reports about the move, which involves some district leaders and found it to be true.

He, however, warned to arrest whoever is behind the move, saying it is aimed at tarnishing the image of the FPU.

//Cue in:"Nafunye complaint nti..

Cue out:..mu mbuga zamateeka:"//  

According to Kirya, the fishermen want to pay off FPU officers to allow them to catch the banned Cynodon dactylon-flying fish locally known as Nkolongo.

The Unit suspended the catching of Cynodon dactylon-flying fish in 2017.  

David Ggaliwango, the Chairperson Nakibanga Landing Site, says the solicited funds were meant to transport fishermen to deliver their petition to the FPU base in Mwenna.

“We wrote to Fish Protect Unit on allowing us to smoke and catch Cynodon dactylon. So the funds were intended to transport fishermen,” Galiwango said.

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Cue out:..okuyayana kwa bonna,"//


He, however, failed short of mentioning how much they collected from the fishermen.

In 2018, a year after the introduction of operations against illegal fishing practices, Fishermen on different landing sites contributed money to pay off officers to allow them to catch Cynodon dactylon fish. 

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