The Forum For Democratic Change Patrick Oboi Amuriat has
promised to end brutality against fishermen. He als said that he will hand over management of Lake
Kyoga to residents of Nakasongola district.
Recently Government lifted the fishing ban on Lake Kyoga exciting fishermen
who had spent over a year without work.
However the excitement was short-lived after the government
introduced several restrictions leaving many local fishermen unable to return
to Lake Kyoga.
Among the conditions, is that a fisherman must acquire a license and
recommended twenty-eight feet boat, fishing nets, and life jacket. The boats are
manufactured by one person Medi Kyalimpa alias Aloni Mohamed selectes by Fisheries
Transporting fish on motorbikes and smoking of fish was also
prohibited at the Lake. The number of hours and people who are supposed to fish
was also restricted among other conditions.
While campaigning in Nakasongola town council residents on Saturday Amuriat said that the conditions
are harsh and leave only rich people to benefit from the fishing industry.
Others decried the brutality by the Fisheries Protection
Unit which has left many people dead and others injured.
Residents demanded that Amuriat drives through the landing
sites to see the fishermen living in abject and crying over brutality.
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Amuriat said that its unfair to coerce poor fishermen to buy
boats from one person at tune of 10 million shillings each knowing that they cant
He added that Lake Kyoga must benefit the common people rather than rich persons and foreigners.
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However, Policemen commanded by District Police Commander
Patience Namara didn’t allow Amuriat to visit the affected fishermen before they
arrested him and transferred to Nakaseke district for another rally.
In 2017, President Yoweri Museveni deployed soldiers under
the Fisheries Protection Unit on Lake Kyoga to combat illegal fishing
practices. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries also
banned fishing on the Lake.
It followed an unprecedented increase in illegal fishing
practices on Lake Kyoga, leading to the depletion of the fish stock.
Although, Lake Kyoga is now open for fishing, several
residents are bitter over the operations and are vowing to not to elect
President Yoweri Museveni.
Recently Sam Kigula, the LCV Chairperson Nakasongola said that apart from brutal operations, fishermen are
bitter against the unfair allocation of boats which left some to miss out and
others were given to non residents.
Kigula a staunch NRM leader added that the matter has put Museveni and
NRM candidates votes at stake which could affect the party support.
President Yoweri Museveni has been scoring highly in
Nakasongola district in past elections. According to Electoral Commission results for 2016 Presidential polls, Museveni
scored 84.46 % whereas his main
rival Kizza Besigye got only 13.79% .