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Congolese Attacks Threaten Fish Business on Lake Albert

Agenonga Okethi, a fishmonger says life has become difficult for most fishermen at Kaiso landing site since the attacks by the Congolese have become rampant.
One of the transport boats at Kaiso Landing site

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Business between Ugandan fishermen and their Democratic Republic of Congo counterparts on Lake Albert is paralysed because of the persistent attacks by Congolese forces on the Ugandans.

Fishermen from Kaiso, Kyehoro, Mbegu Kijangi and Sebigoro landing sites in Kabwoya and Buseruka Sub-counties in Hoima district often take fish to Tchomia, Kasenyi and Bunia fish markets in DRC.

However, business has been slow of the past five months with the Ugandan fishermen, saying they can no longer cross to DRC for fear of being attacked by Congolese soldiers. They claim the Congolese soldiers loot their boats, fish and hard cash.

James Wonam, a transporter at Kyehoro landing site says he hasn't been able to transport passengers to DRC in the last four months, which has affected his business. He says most of the passengers he used to transport to the DR Congo have abandoned business due to the fear of being attacked by Congolese soldiers.

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Agenonga Okethi, a fishmonger says life has become difficult for most fishermen at Kaiso landing site since the attacks by the Congolese have become rampant. He says most Ugandan fishermen have lost a lot of money to the hands of the Congolese.

//Cue In: “Siisi yiko nagopa wa Congomani………

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Isaac Amati, a transporter of fish to DRC says unless the situation is not contained Uganda traders will continue losing money to the irate Congolese and become poorer.

Geoffrey Kumakech, the Buseruka Sub county LC 5 Councilor, says the sub county has failed to realise its expected revenue collection because most fishermen have abandoned business.

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Kumakech calls on the Defense and Internal Affairs Ministries to i intervene and save Ugandan businessmen operating in DRC.

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