Fishermen drag UPDF soldiers to rights body

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By Frank Lukwago,New Vision/NECJOGHA

Nakasongola, Uganda – Fishermen in Nakasongola district have dragged the UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit personnel on Lake Kyoga to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) tribunal over alleged killing and torture.

At least two people were killed last month while six  others sustained injuries when a team of UPDF fisheries personnel mounted a night operation to crack down illegal fishing at Kyebisirye landing site in Lwampanga county ,Nakasongola.

According to investigations by the Police in Nakasongola, a team of UPDF fisheries personnel allegedly corned the victims whom they found sleeping in their houses and beat them with sticks.

Following the alleged, two Nakasongola residents identified as Justine Naiga and Noah Erue, lost their lives, while six other fishermen are said to have survived with injuries.

According to the report issued by UHRC during a press briefing in Luwero last week, the office conducted investigations in Nakasongola and established that the allegations were true.

“The commission’s central regiona office conducted investigations into the matter and found that two people were killed during the operation. Six sustained injuries from the fracas and were hospitalized at Nakasongola Health Centre IV” the report reads.

In the report, which was compiled between November last year,and November this year, deprivation of the right to life and violation of the right to freedom and torture, were found to be the major human rights concerns in the central region.

Four other major concerns were incommunicado detentions, over detention of suspects beyond the prescribed hours, rising cases of land grabbing and unlawful evictions as well as mistreatment of security guards by their employers.

 

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