Kanara and Butungama sub-counties in Ntoroko District have asked the government
to take action against UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit for alleged harassment
They argue that they can longer access the lake following the deployment
of the Unit which has affected their livelihood.
Jacob Musingizi, one of the fishermen on Lake Albert, says that when floods hit
the district in September 2019 majority of their properties both nets and boats
were destroyed and they were left with nothing.
says in spite of the government failing to provide the flood victims with essential
basics like food, shelter, and medical care the government instead deployed
soldiers on the lake to harass the fishermen.
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Joseph Irumba, also a fisherman on Lake Albert says that the unit is
confiscating fish from people in IDP camps yet it is their only source of food.
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Haleluya Bagiire, a resident of Kamuga Parish, says as fishermen they feel
betrayed by the government for failing to support them in acquiring the
recommended fishing tools to enable them to get back to business after three years
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Ssentimba the Fisheries Protection Unit Spokesperson says that the fishermen
complaining of brutality want to tarnish the name of the unit. He said that the
operations will continue to ensure the illegal fishing activities cease.
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the first time soldiers attached to the FPU are being accused of using
excessive force and brutalizing fishermen.
In 2020, 68 fishermen sued the government through their lawyer, Abwang Otim of M/S
Abwang Otim, Opok, and Co Advocates, demanding Shs1.2 trillion in compensation
for alleged torture by Uganda Peoples' Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers.
The applicants who were drawn from Amolatar district submitted to Lira High
court horrifying images of their colleagues being tortured on the shores of
The Former Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga then directed the Fisheries
Protection Unit to halt its operations on all water bodies in the country for
alleged mistreatment of fishing communities.