KAMPALA – The chairman of the Association of Fishers and Lake users of Uganda (AFALU) Mr Godfrey Ssenyonga Kambugu has called upon the Fish Protection Unit (FPU) leadership to create structures, transfer of forces, dismantle local and regional immature fish markets.
In a meeting with the new FPU boss Lt Col DK Kaija on Monday at Jevina Hotel in Kampala, Ssenyonga asked the FPU to revisit the presidential directive on formation of special courts, regular supply of logistics among others to fight the vice.
Ssenyonga appreciated the good work done by FPU operations since it was launched on 25 Feb 2017 saying that before the operation in 2015, fish factories had reduced from 21 to 5 factories and the 5 factories were struggling due to fish depletion by illegal fishing, over fishing due to free access harvest and trade in immature fish to local markets, corruption, weak/archaic laws among others.
Lt Col Dk Kaija informed the AFALU leadership that the mistakes committed by some officers and men in FPU operations were individual conducts and every one is going to account for his actions according to the law.
He further assured the AFALU leadership that FPU operations will continue and some mistakes committed during operations will be ironed out as soon as possible, and therefore called upon AFALU leadership to give total support to FPU operations and also sensitise all illegal Fisher men to embrace good methods of fishing and unite for a better cause.
In attendance also were Mr Stephen Rwambira researcher from Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), The national vice chairperson of AFALU mr Mutebi Gerrald and all executive members.