There was excitement at Rusheshe barracks in Kasese district when the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit handed back over 100 motorcycles and 10 vehicles impounded during operations against illegal fishing to their owners.
People from Kasese, Rubirizi, Kihiihi, Ntoroko and Ibanda districts gathered at Rusheshe barracks as early as to reclaim their motorbikes and vehicles.
Some of the returned motorcycles and vehicles have been under the custody of the force for more than two years since they were impounded.
The return of the impounded motorcycles and vehicles followed a directive issued by Maj. Gen Leopold Kyanda, the Chief of Staff Land Forces in a meeting last week with fishermen and residents of landing sites along lakes Edward and George.
Nathan Turyatunga, a fish dealer from Irimya in Ibanda Sub County, said his life deteriorated after his motorcycle was impounded because he could no longer pay school fees for his children.
He has vowed to stay away from illegal fishing practices after regaining his impounded motorcycle.
Harriet Nakamya, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, asked the group not to return back to the illegal practices.
Nakamya also said that they have registered about 25 people who were allegedly tortured by the soldiers attached to the unit for treatment.
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source: news agencies