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UPDF to Evict Hundreds of Fishermen in Masaka

Hundreds of member of the fishing communities in Masaka are facing eviction

Hundreds of residents of Buwunga Sub-county in Masaka District have been placed on notice by the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) to vacate their homes within five days.

The affected locals are living in two villages of Mumpu and Mutemanti in Kanywa Parish along the shores of Lake Victoria.

The development was revealed by Bukoto East county MP, pills Florence Namayanja on the floor of Parliament demanding that the house moves to save residents who risk being rendered homeless.

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“The UPDF has given all the residents by end of Thursday to have vacated those places; the reasons given are that these people are involved in illegal fishing,” Namayanja said.

Namayanja expressed concern that the areas under question are established villages with polling stations and gazetted local councils.

“I am wondering how the UPDF can just give an ultimatum for vacation without the consent of the local authorities,” Namayanja noted.

UPDF was early this year handed the responsibility of fighting illegal fishing along the different water bodies in the country by President Yoweri Museveni.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah who was presiding over the house ordered the responsible Minister to deal with matter and report back to Parliament on what has been done.

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