Suspected Congolese Militiamen have shot three
Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert. The incident happened near Senjojo landing site
in Buhuka parish Kyangwali Sub County in Kikuube district around 5 am on Monday
The injured fishermen are Robert Amukuhikiriza,
Deo Busobozi and Seremos Byaruhanga, all attached to Nsunzu B landing site in
Buhuka parish. They sustained injuries
in the hand, leg and back. The fishermen were fishing when the suspected
Congolese militiamen struck.
Reginal Ngamita, the Buhuka Parish LC 2
Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network in an Interview that the suspected
militiamen raided the lake between 4 am and 5 am on Monday morning. They placed
Ugandan fishermen at gunpoint before ordering them to surrender their fishing
gears including engines, fishing nets and engines.
He says the trio tried to
resist the orders of the militiamen prompting them to open fire.
//cue in;”Kinde magi wok…
Cue out:…I Congo ba.’//
Ngamita says the other fishermen rushed to the rescue
of the trio when they heard that carrying for help after being abandoned by
their attackers. Brian Byaruhanga, one of the fishermen, who escaped unhurt,
explained that the ruthless militiamen threatened to throw them in the lake
Albert if they make alarm.
The injured were first rushed to Buhuka Health
Center III for first Aid before they were transferred to Kituti Health Center
IV where they are hospitalized with severe bullet wounds. Joseph Ringwegi, the Buhuka Parish Councilor
explains that the current situation on Lake Albert is worrying, saying
fishermen are worried for their dear lives. He says that Congolese militiamen
have taken over the security of the lake.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region police
spokesperson has confirmed the attack but declined to divulge details. “It is
true three people were shot and injured on the lake and we are investigating. More
details will come,” said Hakiza.
Amlan Tumusiime, the Kikuube Resident District
Commissioner-RDC declined to comment, saying that he was still locked up in a
crisis meeting. Attacks by the suspected DR Congo militiamen on Ugandan
fishermen have been rampant since 2018.
In November 2018, Congolese Militiamen shot
seven Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert. The incident occurred near Kaiso
Landing site in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district as the militia raided the
lake to rob fishing gear.
On July 9, 2021, four suspected Congolese
militiamen raided Lake Albert in Kikuube district robbing eight boat engines
and fishing nets. The attack occurred at around 5 am near Bugoma landing site in
Buhuka parish, Kyangwali sub-county in Kikuube district.
In March 2021, suspected armed militiamen raided
Lake Albert abducting 16 Ugandan fishermen. The attack occurred near Kaiso
landing site in Kabaale Sub County. They also robbed four fishing boats,
four-engine boats and several sets of fishing nets from the fishermen.
regained their freedom after their families paid a ransom of USD 50 each. On
March 21, 2021, the suspected militiamen again raided the lake robbing 19 boat
engines. In April 2020, UPDF gunned down two suspected Congolese militiamen on
Lake Albert in Hoima district in a gunfire exchange.