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  Lawmakers have rejected a proposal by President Museveni to include the Uganda People s Defense Force UPDF in the Fisheries and Monitoring Unit under the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill 2021 to prevent illegal fishing Parliament had initially approved the bill in May 2022 but the president did not consent to it and sent it back to parliament for reconsideration He argued that given the need for continuous surveillance and sophisticated forms employed by those involved in illegal fishing the support of both the UPDF and the Uganda Police Force UPF was required Parliament reconsidered the bill on Wednesday September 28 2022 but MPs adopted an amendment that instead obliges the public service to appoint the surveillance unit made up of people with fisheries sciences The amendment was proposed by Bro Asuman Basalirwa Jeema Bugiri Township after a debate in which parliamentarians were divided on the chairman s proposal and the Agriculture Committee s report The skills issue now becomes part of the regulations led by the Minister for Fisheries in consultation with the Minister for the Interior I am consoled by the Home Minister because now I know that we are dealing with the Police said Basalirwa Attorney General Bro Kiryowa Kiwanuka agreed with Basalirwa saying that ordering the Public Service Commission to recruit the policing unit would ensure inclusion Chair of the Agriculture Committee Hon Janet Okori Moe said the Committee agreed to retain the previous position approved by Parliament which housed policing and training under the police force because the Force is mandated to protect life property and other rights of persons In the event that sophisticated ways are employed by the people involved in illegal fishing as cited by the president the UPDF can be deployed in accordance with the provisions of the UPDF Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda said Okori Moe Honorable Nathan Nadala Mafabi FDC Budadiri County West said that since the army was deployed to monitor the lakes most people in the fishing communities have been prevented from fishing thus depriving them of their main source of livelihood However legislators agreed with the President on the proposal to give fishing licensing powers to the Chief Licensing Officer
Uganda: MPs reject president’s proposal to prevent illegal fishing

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Lawmakers have rejected a proposal by President Museveni to include the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) in the Fisheries and Monitoring Unit, under the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill 2021 to prevent illegal fishing.

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Parliament had initially approved the bill in May 2022, but the president did not consent to it and sent it back to parliament for reconsideration.

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He argued that given the need for continuous surveillance and sophisticated forms employed by those involved in illegal fishing, the support of both the UPDF and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) was required.

Parliament reconsidered the bill on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, but MPs adopted an amendment that instead obliges the public service to appoint the surveillance unit, made up of people with fisheries sciences.

The amendment was proposed by Bro. Asuman Basalirwa (Jeema, Bugiri Township) after a debate in which parliamentarians were divided on the chairman’s proposal and the Agriculture Committee’s report.

“The skills issue now becomes part of the regulations, led by the Minister for Fisheries in consultation with the Minister for the Interior.

I am consoled by the Home Minister because now I know that we are dealing with the Police,” said Basalirwa.

Attorney General Bro. Kiryowa Kiwanuka agreed with Basalirwa, saying that ordering the Public Service Commission to recruit the policing unit would ensure inclusion.

Chair of the Agriculture Committee, Hon. Janet Okori-Moe, said the Committee agreed to retain the previous position approved by Parliament, which housed policing and training under the police force because the Force is mandated to protect life, property and other rights of persons.

“In the event that sophisticated ways are employed by the people involved in illegal fishing, as cited by the president, the UPDF can be deployed in accordance with the provisions of the UPDF Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda,” said Okori- Moe. Honorable Nathan Nadala Mafabi (FDC, Budadiri County West) said that since the army was deployed to monitor the lakes, most people in the fishing communities have been prevented from fishing, thus depriving them of their main source of livelihood.

However, legislators agreed with the President on the proposal to give fishing licensing powers to the Chief Licensing Officer.

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