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Kadaga Asks DGF to take interest in Military, Population Skirmishes

The fishermen have repeatedly accused the soldiers of torture, brutality, extortion and burning their settlement, claims the army has repeatedly denied.
DGF officials with Speaker Kadaga and other parliament staff

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Democratic Governance Facility-DGF to take keen interest in the fights between the Fisheries Protection Unit and fishing communities in the country.

 

There have been numerous complaints from fishing communities against UPDF soldiers deployed to combat illegal fishing practices on Ugandan waters.

 

The fishermen have repeatedly accused the soldiers of torture, brutality, extortion and burning their settlement, claims the army has repeatedly denied.

 

 

The aggrieved fishermen have since petitioned the speaker to investigate the conduct of the soldiers. Now, Kadaga has asked DGF to intervene by engaging the army on handling Ugandans. She was meeting that the members of the DGF steering Committee, Management Unit and representatives from the DGF implementing partners during the project monitoring visit at parliament.

 

She explained that through its programs, DGF could help train the UPDF on handling the population.

 

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The delegation leader and First Secretary Rule of law at the Netherlands embassy, Theo Oltheten, said DGF has a mission to ensure that Ugandans are empowered to engage in democratic Governance.

 

He said they are talking the same language with Uganda in line with the components of Vision 2020 and DGF 2, which involves providing support to Parliament, Civil society, Ugandans and several other programs.

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DGF is a Governance program that provides support to State and non-state actors on democracy, human rights, justice and accountability. DGF is composed of eight Development Partners including Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union.