A cabinet committee has been set up to investigate complaints against the UPDF Fisheries Unit.
A cabinet committee has been set up to investigate complaints against the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) Fisheries Unit.
This was revealed by the Minister for Defense and Veterans Affairs Adolf Mwesige on Tuesday.
He was presenting a statement to Parliament on the status of the implementation of the parliamentary resolution to suspend all operations of the UPDF fisheries unit on major water bodies.
Mwesige says that cabinet discussed the matter on Monday and a committee set up to investigate all cases and allegations against the fisheries unit, before giving a report on the matter.
He also says that the committee led by Minister for Animal Industry Bright Rwamirama has been given 21 days to finalize its work. Mwesige added that the committee will also investigate the alleged rape case against a 16-year-old girl in Amolatar district by the UPDF.
According to Mwesige, Government has been documenting all complaints against the unit.
In 2017, President, Yoweri 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.
UPDF set up a Fisheries Protections Unit to combat illegal fishing operations on various lakes including Victoria, Edward, George and Kyoga.
The unit also operates on fish trade routes and markets to stop the sale of immature fish.
On Tuesday, Maj. Joseph Ssebukera, the Commandant of the unit in Eastern side of Lake Victoria said that at least 46 soldiers from the unit were dropped over the last three years.