The hope of recovering the four abducted Ugandan fishermen is
fading four days after they were abducted.
The fishermen only identified as Okello, Jawia, Onen and Osaga from Kijangi landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka Sub
County, were allegedly
abducted on Thursday night from the Lake Albers by suspected militiamen from
Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
The fishermen were allegedly put at gunpoint before the militiamen crossed
with them to DR Congo.
A day after they were reportedly abducted, the abductors called their relatives
and demanded for a ransom.
However, since then, the whereabouts of the fishermen are unknown.
This has created suspicion that they could have been killed by their abductors.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says that efforts to
contact their counterparts in DRC to establish the whereabouts of the fishermen
have proved futile adding that even the relatives of the fishermen have failed
to locate them.
According to Hakiza, police is working closely with the relatives
of the abducted fishermen to establish their whereabouts.
Hakiza, however, says investigations into the matter are on-going
to establish whether they are still in the hands of the Congolese militiamen.
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Attacks on Ugandan fishermen by suspected armed Congolese have
been common since last year.
Last month, armed Congolese Militiamen gunned down three Ugandan
fishermen near Kaiso landing site in Kabale parish Hoima district.
In March, suspected armed Congolese Militia staged three
different attacks on the Lake Albert in Buliisa district, robbing 30 boat
engines from fishermen and in November, five Ugandan fishermen were hacked to
death and their fishing gear stolen.
Another attack in the same month led to the death of seven Ugandan fishermen.
This attracted the attention of the Chief of Defense forces-CDF David Muhoozi
who rushed to Kaiso landing site in Hoima district for a fact-finding
He assured the fishermen of full protection by the government against the
Congolese but since then attacks have persisted on the lake.