Ugandan fishermen have been abducted on Lake Albert in Hoima District by
militiamen reportedly from the Democratic Republic of Congo - DRC.
fishermen have only been identified as: Okello, Jawia, Onen and Osaga all
attached to Kijangi landing site in Buseruka Sub county Hoima district.
The fishermen went
out fishing on the Lake Albert on Thursday when they were attacked by the
suspected militiamen who are alleged to have put them at gun point before
crossing with them to the DR Congo together with their fishing gear including a
boat, engine and 16 sets of fishing nets.
militiamen are now demanding for a ransom to have the abducted fishermen freed.
Samuel Kisembo, the
Hoima Resident District Commissioner says they are working on
modalities of handling the issue and also restoring peace between the two countries with an aim of ensuring
that fishermen from both sides respect the boundaries.
condemned the persistent attacks, abductions and killings of Ugandan fishermen
by the suspected militiamen who he says want to take control of the entire lake
saying this is uncalled for.
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Attacks on Ugandan
fishermen by suspected armed Congolese have been common since last year. There
have been abductions, killings and confiscation of fishing gear.
Kampala and their Kinshasa counterparts have in the past agreed to conduct
joint operations by fisheries and security officials to prevent clashes and
disagreements over fishing in the disputed area, which both countries claim
ownership but the Congolese continued to terrorize Ugandans on the lake.
Friday night last week, armed Congolese Militiamen gunned down three
fishermen near Kaiso landing site in Kabale parish Hoima district. In
March this year suspected armed Congolese Militia staged three
attacks on the Lake Albert waters in Buliisa district, robbing 30 boat