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.
Fishermen at the Kaiso Landing Site in Hoima district are seeking government intervention to have their abducted colleagues freed from detention in the Democratic Republic of
Initial information indicates that four-armed militiamen raided areas of Lake Albert near Kaiso Landing Site in Mbegu Parish and abducted 16 fishermen on March 14, 2021. The militiamen also robbed four fishing boats, four boat engines and
several sets of fishing nets before crossing back to DRC with the loot.
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.
Jackson Ndiba, a fisherman at Kaiso fears that their colleagues' lives are at risk, adding that the government needs to immediately intervene and rescue them from the hands of the militiamen.
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Philemon Kazingufu, another fisherman wonders why the government has
not taken any interest to have the abducted Ugandans freed yet the relevant
government authorities have been alerted.
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Richard Okethwengu, a relative to three of the abducted fishermen
explained that without immediate government intervention, their
relatives lives could be at stake.
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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson explains that
efforts are being made to engage the DRC authorities to forge
a way forward on how the Ugandans can be set free.
Attacks by suspected militiamen on Lake Albert have
been rampant since 2018. In October
2020, suspected armed militiamen raided Lake Albert, where they
abducted 16 fishermen, robbed 20 boat engines and 20 fishing boats. The incident happened near Kaiso and Kijangi landing sites in Buseruka
sub-county, Hoima district and Sebigoro Landing Site in Kabwoya sub-county,
In April 2020, two suspected militiamen were gunned down in a fire exchange between the militia and the
UPDF soldiers. The two, later identified as Ozelle Opio, 25, and another, only
identified as Singa were part of the group that invaded the landing site near
Kaiso in Buseruka sub-county where they put several Ugandan fishermen at
gunpoint, ordering them to surrender their fishing gear.
In the process, some Ugandan fishermen sneaked off and alerted the
UPDF who rushed to their rescue. But before the UPDF soldiers could reach them, the
suspected militiamen opened fire leading to an exchange between them and the army. The UPDF also recovered three AK-47 guns with 47 rounds of ammunition
that the militiamen were using at the time they were rounded up.