Addressing fishermen at Kalangala District Headquarters in an FPU evaluation meeting on Tuesday, Kyanda, said ever since the introduction of FPU on Lake Victoria in 2017, the Government has earned of over Shillings 2.7billions in revenue.
The Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) will not suspend its
operation on Lake Victoria against illegal fishing practices, the Chief of
Staff of the UPDF land forces, Major General Leopold Eric Kyanda has revealed.
This comes amidst persistent complaints of brutality by fishermen
against soldiers attached to the FPU. The fishermen had severally accused the
soldiers of burning down landing sites, beating up islanders and confiscating their
boats for allegedly transporting immature fish.
The fishermen and some local leaders have roundly called for
the suspension of the operations. However, Kyanda, says the operations are not
about to stop. Addressing fishermen at Kalangala District Headquarters in an FPU
evaluation meeting on Tuesday, Kyanda, said ever since the introduction of FPU
on Lake Victoria in 2017, the Government has earned of over Shillings
2.7billions in revenue.
He said the FPU operations have resulted in increased fish
production for both the local and international markets.
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Kyanda noted that despite the good work of the FPU, there
are challenges in enforcing its operations. He said the main goal of the evaluation
meeting is to weed out undisciplined officers and civilians on the task forces
on at the village level.
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Willy Lugoloobi, the
Kalangala District Chairperson appealed to FPU officers to remain impartial in
their operations, saying the officers favour some individuals despite their
involvement in illegal fishing practices.
//Cue in:"Tetuze wano nti..
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The meeting also heard stories of torture from some of the
fishermen. Julius Kisekka, a fisherman from Lwabalega landing site in Bujumba
Sub County testified on how he was beaten by the FPU officers without any offence.
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Edward Turyatunga, a fisherman from
Banda Landing site in Mugoye claimed that over 30 people vacated the landing
site due to intimidation and brutality by FPU officers. He claimed that
most of those whose houses were demolished were never even involved in any
//Cue in:"Amajje bwegatuuka omulimu..
Cue Out:…..amajje tegava kunnyanja,"//
Last Month, Captain Nathan Abaho who has been the head of illegal fishing
operations on Lake Victoria in Kalangala has since been transferred and replaced
by Capt. Geoffrey Kajugira, who has promised to end brutality by the FPU
officers in Kalangala.