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Fisheries Court Becomes Operational

Dr Rukuunya says the court that currently sits only in Kampala, will try various fisheries crimes like illegal fishing methods, use of illegal fishing gear, catching and trading in undersized fish, pollution of lakes and other related crimes.
A special court to prosecute fisheries related crimes is now operational.

This was disclosed this morning by the acting Commissioner for Fisheries Resources Management and Development, Dr Edward Rukuunya while addressing the media in Kampala.

Dr Rukuunya says the court that currently sits only in Kampala, will try various fisheries crimes like illegal fishing methods, use of illegal fishing gear, catching and trading in undersized fish, pollution of lakes and other related crimes.

The fisheries court has specially assigned judges, magistrates and prosecutors whose mandate is to facilitate speedy handling of cases.

According to Dr Rukuunya, the creation of the fisheries court was necessitated by the frustration with the regular courts in expeditiously prosecuting fisheries crimes. He adds that the fisheries court will ensure fisheries crimes are handled speedily, warning that gone are the days when culprits exploited the regular judicial system to avoid culpability.

He says that although the fisheries court is presently only in Kampala, plans are underway to establish wings in the regions, including hotspots like Namayingo and Kasese.

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