Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Friday that the four suspected Congolese militiamen all armed with guns struck at around 1AM and put the Ugandan fishermen at gunpoint before ordering them to surrender to them the two boat engines.
Armed Congolese Militiamen have raided the Lake Albert waters robbing two boat engines from Ugandan fishermen.
The incident happened near Kaiso landing site
in Buseruka sub county of Hoima district in the wee hours of Thursday Morning.
Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on
Friday that the four suspected Congolese militiamen all armed with guns raided
the lake at around 1AM and put the Ugandan fishermen at gunpoint before
ordering them to surrender to them the two boat engines.
also made off with 8 batteries and one mobile phone belonging to the fishermen.
He says the attackers were all dressed in Congolese military
camouflage. After accomplishing
their mission, they crossed back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
suspected Congolese militia on the lake Albert waters have been rampant
In April, two
suspected Congolese militiamen were gunned down on the lake Albert waters in
The duo was
gunned down in a fire exchange between the militia and the UPDF soldiers.
Five others were
also arrested by the UPDF while on the lake. The gunned down militiamen were
identified as Ozelle Opio 25 and one only identified as Singa.
arrested were identified as Balaka Jarenga 35, Makuru Onjoka 36, Claude Nguma
29, Kakuru Kwamire and Kapaseka Otika39.
operatives also recovered three AK 47 guns with 47 rounds of ammunition that
the militiamen were using at the time they were rounded up.
The bodies of the gunned down Congolese were
later handed over to Congolese Authorities on May 28, 2020 together with five
other suspects arrested by the UPDF.
That time the armed Congolese militiamen struck the Albertine landing site near Kaiso in Buseruka sub countywhere
they put several Ugandan fishermen at gun point, ordering them to surrender to
them their fishing gear including boats, fishing nets, engines and hooks. However, some Ugandan fishermen sneaked off and alerted the UPDF who rushed to their rescue.
UPDF soldiers could reach them, the suspected militiamen opened fire leading to
fire exchange between them and the UPDF and in the process two of the
Militiamen were killed.