More than 20 soldiers from the UPDF (Uganda People’s Defence Forces), serving in the Fisheries Protection Unit, have been apprehended and accused of various misconducts while carrying out their duties.
According to Lt. Col. Dick Kaija, the commander of the Fisheries Protection Unit, these arrests were prompted by complaints made by members of the public and the local fishing community. These complaints alleged that the soldiers were involved in extorting money from civilians.
A total of twenty-two officers now face charges in military courts and have been placed in different prisons, as confirmed by Kaija. He emphasized the importance of ongoing efforts to remove individuals not adhering to the army’s code of conduct to ensure the force can fulfill its intended role.