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Election campaigns aiding illegal fishing in Uganda by Denis Edema December 17,2020   |  Source: Daily Monitor

The political season that has seen candidates campaigning for elective offices ahead of the 2021 General Election has instead led to a surge in illegal fishing activities on Lake Victoria.

Mr Stephen Mengo, a member of the Association of Fishers and Lake Users of Uganda (AFALU), on Monday said illegal fishing has resumed.

Mr Mengo said some politicians are instead bashing the operations that were mounted by the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) under the Uganda People’s Defence Forces marine.

“Many politicians are not talking about illegal fishing at this time because they are busy looking for votes and there is currently no control of fishermen who have also taken advantage of the political season as there is no enforcement,” he said.

He added: “As a result, there is an increase in undersized fish, especially in small markets as fishermen have leeway to fish without any supervision perhaps until elections are concluded next year.”

Government in 2017 set up the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU), with Lt Col James Nuwagaba at the helm to crackdown on illegal fishing activities on water bodies.

Their activities momentarily reduced the vice, but the enforcers received criticism.
President Museveni recently replaced Lt Col Nuwagaba with Lt Col Dick Kirya

 

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