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Fishermen in Namayingo, Uganda, want Fisheries Protection Unit disbanded over human rights violations December 24,2020   |  Source: The Independent

Residents of Lolwe and Sigulu islands in Namayingo want the UPDF leadership to disband the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU for alleged gross human rights violations.

This came up during a public meeting alias Baraza organised by the Chief of Staff of Land Forces Maj. Gen. Leopold Kyanda and Mary Mutesi, the Coordinator of special operations for presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni campaigns in Busoga sub-region on Wednesday.

During the meeting, fishermen said that they have lost a sense of livelihood because of the stringent enforcement measures by FPU, which has forced them out of the lake.

Patrick Ochieng, a resident of Singila village accused some FPU officers of conniving with their civilian counterparts to confiscate their fishing nets and charge them between 200,000 and 300,000 to recover them.

Raymond Mukisa, the Namayingo district National Resistance Movement-NRM chairperson, who doubles as a fisherman at Bukaana landing site, said the brutal operation by the FPU has rendered many fishermen homeless as their houses are often destroyed during operations in the search for illegal fishing gears.

Mukisa says FPU sides with rich businessmen who use illegal fishing gears on the lake at the expense of small scale fishermen who can’t pay the officers for


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