The suspected DRC Militia raided Lake Albert near Kaiso landing site in Mbegu Parish, Kabaale sub county Hoima district robbing 19 boat engines and four fishing boats. The attack occurred on March,21,2021.
Fred Mujuni, the Chairman of Kaiso landing site fishing community told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday that the Congolese criminals released six of the nineteen boat engines after their owners each paid USD 500 to have their boat engine released.
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The militiamen raided the Lake on March 21, 2021, near the Kaiso Landing Site in Hoima district and robbed the boat engines from Ugandan fishermen, who were held at gunpoint. The attackers crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo after the incident.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Sunday afternoon that although security teams were notified by the affected fishermen, it was too late for them to pursue the suspected militiamen because they had already fled and crossed to DRC. But, he adds, Ugandan authorities are already engaging counterparts in Congo to solve the recurring problem.
One of the UPDF officers told Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity that they have so far apprehended more than 30 high profile cattle thieves who have been conniving with police officers in stealing cattle. the theft. He says all the suspects arrested are being locked up at Masindi and Hoima Central Police Station.
They were allegedly abducted on March 14, 2021, while fishing near the Kaiso Landing Site in Hoima district. It is alleged that four armed Militiamen raided the Lake Albert waters and put the fishermen at gunpoint before ordering them to surrender their possessions.
Some of the abducted Ugandan fishermen are currently being held at the Tchomia Landing Site, Bunia district in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But their colleagues at Kaiso Landing Site are now asking Ugandan authorities to engage their counterparts in the DRC for their release.
Fred Mujuni, the chairperson of Kaiso landing site fishing community told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday afternoon that all the four-armed Congolese militiamen put the fishermen at gunpoint before ordering them to surrender all the fishing gear in their possession. They later crossed with them to DRC.
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The fire is said to have started from the hotel roof. Investigations are still ongoing by officers from the Police Fire Prevention & Rescue Services Directorate is yet to establish the cause of the fire.
Alfred Onenchan, the second in Command at Kaiso Immigration offices in Hoima district, says they are unable to patrol all landing sites due to manpower gaps. He says as a result, some Congolese Nationals use illegal landing sites to sneak into the country.
The suspects whose names have been concealed for fear of jeopardizing police investigations are accused of allegedly murdering Domian Byaruhanga, a resident of Kifumura village in Kyohairwe parish Buhanika sub county of Hoima district.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson, security officials in the region are bothered by the increasing murder cases. He attributes the murders to land wrangles, domestic violence witchcraft, property disputes and alcohol abuse among others.