President Museveni’s deployment of UPDF on the lakes challenged, parliament seeks legal guidance
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Attorney General to report to the house on Thursday and explain the legality of President Museveni's decision to deploy the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) who took charge of the fisheries sector in the country.
This followed a committee report on the operations of the Fisheries Protection Force which is under the UPDF that the committee found wanting.
The Chairperson of the Committee and also Abim District Woman MP, Janet Grace Akech Okorimoe told the house that they found out that despite the force restoring sanity on the water bodies, the officers have used excessive force against citizens leaving many treated to all forms of torture and brutal arrests.
The committee recommended that the force should stop all kinds of brutality but serve Ugandans with a sense of humanity.
As debate on the report ensued, Jinja East MP, Paul Mwiru questioned the legal regime under which was the UPDF operating.
In response, minister of state for agriculture Christopher Kibazanga noted that the President didnot overthrow the law but simply came in to address the chaos that was prevailing on the water bodies and it had became so difficulty for the civil authorities to operate.
However, his explanation raised more orders and procedural matters from the legislators which prompted the Speaker to put the debate to a halt ordering the Attorney General to report to the House on Thursday with a clear explanation on which legal regime is the country operating the fishing sector.