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Why State Withdrew Amama Spy Tapes Case

The Minister of State for Fisheries, price http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/direct_mail/cli/cli_direct_mail.php Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa has told Parliament “fish exports and fish available for domestic consumption have continued to decline in recent years, http://cyberstudio.biz/main/modules/mod_related_items/helper.php since the peak of the catches in the mid 1990s.”

She attributed to the decline in fish stocks in the natural water bodies – lakes and rivers, largely due to illegal fishing methods.

Currently, Uganda has a recommended maximum export allowable per year at 60,000 tons of food fish and the export market is still increasing.

The latest development will pile more pressure on government to reverse this declining trend.

Nankabirwa said her ministry is “improving surveillance capacity on lakes; and by promoting fish farming (aquaculture) to supplement production from natural water bodies.”

She added: “There is still great potential to increase production through better management of capture fisheries and investment in fish farming. Our target is to increase fish production from capture fisheries from 419,200MT in 2013 to 460,000MT by 2014.”

The Minister said as demand for fish and fish products continue increasing, the supply of fish from Uganda’s lakes and rivers is threatened by increasing pollution, unsustainable fishing practices and infestation of water hyacinth.

“Most of available fish obtained through capture fisheries cannot meet the future demand, there is need to actively promote aquaculture so as to increase fish production to supplement declining capture fisheries, while preserving the natural stocks of fish as the Uganda heritage entrusted to us all,” advised Nankabirwa.

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“This should be coupled concomitantly with improvements in the conservation and management of capture fisheries through aquaculture-based stock rebuilding, targeting of under exploited fish stocks, more rational harvesting practices and wider application of fish food technology to reduce post – harvest losses.”

Statistics show demand for fish is supported by income and population growth in urban areas, and an increasing and food insecure rural population.

The provisional census results put national population for 2014 at 34.86 million and the number is expected to hit 42.3million for 2020 and 47.8 million for 2025 respectively, with a growth rate of 3 percent per annum.

This implies that an increase of at least 150,000 tonnes in fish production over and above present fish catch levels of 450,000 will be necessary by the year of 2020 to maintain the presently domestic consumption level of fish per capita of 10 kg.
The Minister of State for Fisheries, ampoule Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa has told Parliament “fish exports and fish available for domestic consumption have continued to decline in recent years, buy http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-template-loader.php since the peak of the catches in the mid 1990s.”

She attributed to the decline in fish stocks in the natural water bodies – lakes and rivers, approved largely due to illegal fishing methods.

Currently, Uganda has a recommended maximum export allowable per year at 60,000 tons of food fish and the export market is still increasing.

The latest development will pile more pressure on government to reverse this declining trend.

Nankabirwa said Tuesday her ministry is “improving surveillance capacity on lakes; and by promoting fish farming (aquaculture) to supplement production from natural water bodies.”

She added: “There is still great potential to increase production through better management of capture fisheries and investment in fish farming. Our target is to increase fish production from capture fisheries from 419,200MT in 2013 to 460,000MT by 2014.”

The Minister said as demand for fish and fish products continue increasing, the supply of fish from Uganda’s lakes and rivers is threatened by increasing pollution, unsustainable fishing practices and infestation of water hyacinth.

“Most of available fish obtained through capture fisheries cannot meet the future demand, there is need to actively promote aquaculture so as to increase fish production to supplement declining capture fisheries, while preserving the natural stocks of fish as the Uganda heritage entrusted to us all,” advised Nankabirwa.

“This should be coupled concomitantly with improvements in the conservation and management of capture fisheries through aquaculture-based stock rebuilding, targeting of under exploited fish stocks, more rational harvesting practices and wider application of fish food technology to reduce post – harvest losses.”

Statistics show demand for fish is supported by income and population growth in urban areas, and an increasing and food insecure rural population.

The provisional census results put national population for 2014 at 34.86 million and the number is expected to hit 42.3million for 2020 and 47.8 million for 2025 respectively, with a growth rate of 3 percent per annum.

This implies that an increase of at least 150,000 tonnes in fish production over and above present fish catch levels of 450,000 will be necessary by the year of 2020 to maintain the presently domestic consumption level of fish per capita of 10 kg.
The state has withdrawn charges against Ronald Poteri, ed http://ccalliance.org/wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php a police officer accused of leaking confidential spy tapes to the family of embattled former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, page to avoid embarrassing revelations during the hearing.

Ms Lillian Omara, story the representative of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mike Chibita, on Tuesday told Buganda road court Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana that the state had lost interest in the case.

It should be remembered that State wanted the case heard in secrecy.

However, on October 17, High Court Justice Lydia Mugambe quashed Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Lilian Bucyana’s ruling barring journalists from covering the case.

This implied that all the state’s submissions which included classified information would be revealed and scrutinised – page by page, in an open court and published in newspapers and on electronic media.

“Even the invisible intelligence officials who investigated the case would be exposed to the public eye,” said a source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

“We decided to let Poteri off the hook in the interest of protecting classified information. It would be dangerous to release state secrets to lawyers and journalists.”

Bucyana had set December 9 as the date when fresh hearing of the case would kick off with prosecution parading more witnesses pinning Poteri.

Five witnesses who had already testified would have returned to court.

They included Deputy Director of CIID, Steven Kataratambi, acting commandant in charge of electoral offences, Fred Paul Mirondo, Ambrose Rwanyonga, a police officer attached to SIU Kireka, Anthony Mwesigye, an informer, acting Commissioner of Commercial Transaction Crimes at SIU, ASP Joseph Ojinga, and Isaiah Igumira, an aide of IGP, Gen Kale Kayihura.

Other witnesses had already been lined up to testify in the case, most of whom were Police officers;- namely Moses Kalanyi, Ivan Kasangaki, Ochom Emalingati, Iman Were and William Sekitto.

Prosecution led by Linno Anguzu had alleged that detective Ronald Poteri while still at Kibuli CID headquarters leaked spy tapes containing information related to Hon Amama Mbabazi to his family without permission from his bosses.

The spy tapes with recordings of Gen Kayihura interviewing Mbabazi supporters suspected of engaging in acts of bribery to undermine NRM chairman President Museveni, were later leaked to online media platforms this year.

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