Army, district chairman clash over eviction of fishermen

Army, district chairman clash over eviction of fishermen

Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) officers under the Fisheries Protection Unit (FPU) have locked horns with the Masaka District chairman, Mr Jude Mbabaali, over pending eviction of more than 1,000 people at selected landing sites on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Although the FPU officers say the landing sites in question are not gazetted and are being used by unscrupulous fishermen to deplete the lake, Mr Mbabaali insists that the decision by the protection unit officers to close the landing sites has no legal basis.

Mr Mbabaali alleges that he has reliable information that some high profile people in government are using FPU officers to evict poor residents from Munguu and Mutante landing sites in order to put up private business investments under the guise of fighting illegal fishing at the landing sites.

These landing sites are clearly known by the district leadership and we have been planning to construct some facilities like toilets,” he said during an interview with Daily Monitor last week.