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Armed Congolese Militia Rob Engines on Lake Albert

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.
Fishermen with fishing boats at Kaiso Landing site in Hoima district.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Suspected 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.

Julius 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.

The militiamen 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.

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Attacks by suspected Congolese militia on the lake Albert waters have been rampant since 2018. In April, two suspected Congolese militiamen were gunned down on the lake Albert waters in Hoima district.  

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.  The five arrested were identified as Balaka Jarenga 35, Makuru Onjoka 36, Claude Nguma 29, Kakuru Kwamire and Kapaseka Otika39.  

The UPDF 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.      

Before the 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.

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