Fishermen on Lake Albert in the Bunyoro sub-region want top army officials to investigate the
fisheries Protection Unit-FPU operatives for allegedly selling impounded
immature fish in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
The FPU has been conducting operations against illegal fishing gear on Lake
Albert Since August. However, fishermen
at various landing sites say their impounded immature fish by the FPU
operatives is ending up in the DRC fish markets.
According to the aggrieved fishermen, the FPU operatives are conniving with
boat transporters both in Uganda and DRC to quietly sneak their impounded
immature fish to DRC through the lake Albert waters, a thing they have
Robert Mujuni, the Chairperson Kaiso landing site fishing community in Hoima
district says it is unfortunate that the army deployed to curb down illegal
fishing activity is again involved in dubious acts hence calling for immediate
investigations against the officers.
//cue in;” As fishermen we…
Cue out:…fish to DRC.”//
another fisherman at Kaiso landing site wonders why the top commanders of the
FPU operatives have failed to supervise and monitor their actions while on the
lake saying if they were being supervised, they would not be conniving to sell
the impounded fish to DRC.
Cue out:…aba li mu operations.”//
Rogers Bakwata, a fisherman at Bugoma landing site in Kikuube district says
that the actions of the operatives will compel fishermen to violently protest
their operations on the lake since they have turned around to promote illegal
fishing by selling their impounded immature fish to DRC instead of destroying
them or giving them out to the vulnerable people.
//cue in;” They are keeping the…
Kyalisiima, a fisherman at Walukuba landing site in Buliisa district explains
that FPU operatives have tainted the image of the force before members of the
public adding that serious action must be taken against them by their
//cue in;”Ensamaki zi kira…
Cue out:…Mukatale ka Congo.”//
transporter at Sebigoro landing site in Kikuube who spoke to URN on condition
of anonymity explains that he has transported twice fish given to him by the
FPU operatives to fish markets in DRC.
He says the
fish is taken to Tchomia and Kasenyi fish markets in Bunia district, Ituri
province in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
But Lt. Lauben Ndifula, the FPU spokesperson has however dismissed the
allegations being made by the fishermen as baseless. He says most of the fishermen are not happy
with the ongoing operations of illegal fishing by the FPU on the lake and
therefore want to create allegations that can taint their image before the
In 2017, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed Uganda Peoples Defense
Forces-UPDF soldiers to deploy on all the lakes in the country to combat
illegal fishing practices to protect the fish resources that were under threat
of depletion and dwindled fish stock in the country.
The operation comes at a time when Parliament is currently scrutinizing the
Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2021.