17/​Sep­tem­ber/​2018

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment raised con­cern on the con­tin­ued bru­tal­ity of the Uganda Peo­ple’s De­fense Forces (UPDF) on fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties. MPs rais­ing on mat­ters of ur­gent na­tional im­por­tance noted that the UPDF guard­ing the Uganda wa­ters and fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties have been ter­ror­iz­ing the cit­i­zens.

The Speaker Rt. Hon. Re­becca Kadaga in­formed the house that she re­ceived a Kenyan del­e­ga­tion led by two MPs who com­plained about the bru­tal­ity of the UPDF on the Kenyan wa­ters, and in­formed the house that she has raised the same is­sue to the Pres­i­dent.

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment asked the UPDF rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the house to ex­plain why their force is soiled with in­dis­ci­pline. Lt.Gen. Ko­reta Ivan told the house that whereas it is true that there are in­di­vid­ual cases of in­dis­ci­pline within the force, the UPDF does not con­done in­dis­ci­pline and bru­tal­ity against any­one.

The Speaker re­torted that UPDF is not the only force, on the wa­ters and there have been no com­plaints against the Tan­zan­ian and Kenyan forces.Hon Nsamba Os­habe also noted the pres­ence of UPDF in each of the ar­eas with nat­ural re­sources. He cited the min­ing vil­lages in Mubende, where cit­i­zens have suf­fered at the hands of the army of­fi­cers.

She re­it­er­ated that this mat­ter has come up on the floor at least four times within the last cou­ple of months and no ac­tion has been taken.

This comes at the back heel of pub­lic out­cry on the bru­tal­ity and ex­ces­sive force meted against or­di­nary cit­i­zens and MPs alike fol­low­ing the Arua in­ci­dents, bru­tal­ity against jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing protests and the in­va­sion of Par­lia­ment dur­ing the age limit fra­cas. This re­futes the claim that the UPDF is one of the most pro­fes­sional and in­dis­ci­pline army.

The Speaker Rt. Hon Re­becca Kadaga di­rected the Prime Min­is­ter to ad­dress Par­lia­ment on the per­sis­tent im­punity and bru­tal­ity of the UPDF since the Min­is­ters of de­fense have failed to deal with the is­sue.