Leopold, the Chief of Staff of Land Forces has ordered the Association of Fishers
and Lake Users of Uganda-AFALU to desist from carrying out operations alongside
the Fisheries Protection Unit-FPU for alleged use of excessive force against
the directive shortly after holding a public meeting with fishermen along
Kandege landing site in Lolwe Sub County in Namayingo district on Wednesday.
Gen. Kyanda explained that AFALU is not accountable to anyone and their excesses
are blamed on the Fisheries Protection Unit personnel who in most cases not
aware of their unscrupulous operations.
journalists that during his interaction with fishermen, some of them revealed
that AFALU members use the uniforms of the UPDF marine brigade and carry out
operations as if they are trained soldiers. He stresses that although UPDF
engages with the civilian population through their docket of civil-military
cooperation, no civilian is allowed to wear the military uniform.
Kyanda however, notes that the entire AFALU association might not be bad but a good
number of elements within the organization have orchestrated gross human rights
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On his part, the Lolwe Sub county LC III Chairperson, John Nyambeze claims that
the 15 UPDF personnel deployed to carry out operations in Namayingo, Busia and
Bugiri district cannot effectively man Lake Victoria's eastern corridor borderline
without help from civilians.
Nyambeze argues that civilians through AFALU are essential in feeding FPU with
intelligence information, adding that stopping them from working with UPDF will
threaten what has been achieved so far.
Kyanda however, says that the FPU commanders
have never informed the UPDF leadership about the need for reinforcement. He, however, said that since their operations are under review, the matter will be