Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network this morning that the operatives raided Sebigoro landing site around 11pm and started confiscating immature fish from fishermen.
A fisherman at Sebigoro Landing site in Nkondo Parish Kabwoya Sub County
in Kikuube district nursing injuries after being shot by soldiers attached to
the Uganda People Defense forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit.
Brian Ibrahim, the son of Ibrahim Okethi, the Chairperson Sebigoro landing
site was shot on Sunday night during an operation by the Fisheries Protection
Julius Hakiza, the
Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network this morning
that the operatives raided Sebigoro landing site around 11pm and started
confiscating immature fish from fishermen.
He however, says the fishermen resisted the
operation and attempted to lynch the officers involved in the operation
prompting them to shoot in the air to disperse them.
Hakiza says in the scuffle, the officers shot Ibrahim in the leg injuring
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Hakiza says the officers also picked up four fishermen believed to be the
ring leaders of the protest.
According to Hakiza, police has launched
investigations into the shooting to ascertain what caused the commotion.
fishermen led by Peter
Kyasimire, the Nkondo parish LC 2 Chairperson accuse the officers for alleged harassment
He says the operatives often impound their fish, which they
later sell to traders from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He wonders why the operation, which
is supposed to be conducted during day time, is conducted late in the night
without even the involvement of area leaders.
Kyasimire wants the officers investigated
for their actions.
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Our reporter couldn’t get a comment from the
Unit by the time of filing this story.