The fishermen told URN on Thursday that some fishermen had resorted to fish poisoning so as to harvest more yet in the long run threatening the sustainability of the fisheries sector to compete on the global market.
Fishermen in Mayuge and Jinja have expressed satisfaction with government’s
decision to redeploy soldiers attached to the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU
whom they say will help to create sanity on the lake.
FPU operations were temporarily suspended in November, 2020
after several fishermen accused soldiers of gross human rights violations and
extortion. A special probe team led by the UPDF land forces chief of
personnel, Maj. Gen. Leopold Kyanda inspected the country’s major water bodies, fostering direct interviewing of the affected fishermen, prompting the suspension of FPU operations alongside the implicated commanders.
The fishermen told URN on Thursday that some fishermen had
resorted to fish poisoning so as to harvest more yet in the long run
threatening the sustainability of the fisheries sector to compete on the global
They further state that cases of piracy have increased with their
counterparts in the water transport sector complaining that criminals disguised as fishermen end up robbing valuables from unsuspecting
Majid Magumba, the chairperson of fishermen in Jinja city
says that their fish catch has reduced due to increasing levels of illegal
fishing across Lake Victoria.
He however, stresses that, although they are grateful for FPU's presence on Lake Victoria, government should institute a technical team of experts to continuously advise soldiers against subjecting
fishermen to degrading punishments which undermines the clear laws governing the
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Joel Mubiru, a fisherman from Namugongo landing site says
that, with the soldiers in place, government should prepare rescue packages
which will enable fishermen to purchase legal fishing gears so as to stay
productive within the fisheries industry.
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Paul Mbaizi, a fisherman from Bwondha landing site has
rallied his colleagues to acquire recommended fishing gears since they can earn
them more profits in the process.
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Meanwhile Capt. Christopher Katembeya, the FPU commandant in
the districts of Jinja and Mayuge says that, they are still faced with
logistical challenges which may affect the smooth operations of the unit within
their targeted areas.