Parliament halts UPDF Fisheries operations

Arrested. Some of the fishermen who were arrested with illegal fishing gear line up during an operation at the landing sites in Namayingo District on October 2, 2018. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • In 2017, President Museveni directed UPDF to deploy on Ugandan lakes to combat illegal fishing practices so as to protect the fish resource that was under threat of depletion.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Fisheries protection unit to halt its operations on all water bodies in the country for alleged mistreatment of fishing communities.
"Relating to the conducting of UPDF against the citizens of Uganda, this House directs that the operations of the Fisheries Protection Unit be halted with immediate effect..." Ms Kadaga said on Thursday.
Ms Kadaga’s directive stemmed from a heated debate in Parliament on the conduct of the UPDF Fisheries Protection unit on Thursday.

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