According to Obura, four Congolese militiamen, armed with an AK 47 rifle raided Lake Albert waters near Nkondo landing site in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and started robbing fishing gear including fishing nets, hooks and boat engines from Ugandan fishermen.
Security is holding two suspected Congolese militiamen following their
arrest on Lake Albert. The militiamen were picked up near Nkondo landing site
in Nkondo parish in Kabwoya Sub County in Kikuube district around 3am this
Deo Obura, the
Albertine Region Police Commander identifies the Congolese militiamen as
22-year-old Enock Chombe and 27-year-old Warom Odaga.
to Obura, four Congolese militiamen, armed with an AK 47 rifle raided Lake
Albert waters near Nkondo landing site in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and
started robbing fishing gear including fishing nets, hooks and boat engines
from Ugandan fishermen.
However, the Ugandan fishermen
quickly organised themselves and surrounded the militiamen. He says the fishermen successfully disarmed the
militiaman who was holding the firearm and apprehended two others.
According to Obura, the remaining militiamen fled back to DR Congo on their
boat. The fishermen landed at Nkondo landing site with the Congolese militiamen
and handed them over to security with the recovered firearm.
off the militiamen to Kikuube central police station where they are being held. Obura says they are consulting with their superiors in Kampala on how to
proceed with the suspects.
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Vicente Alpha Opio, the Kabwoya Sub County LC 5 Councilor applauded the
fishermen for their vigilance, says arresting the suspect on water was a risky
He called on government to beef up security on the Lake, arguing that two
militiamen who fled couldn’t have made it to DRC if there was security deployment.
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Attacks on Ugandan fishermen by Congolese militiamen are rampant on Lake Albert
waters. Dozens of Ugandan fishermen have lost their fishing gear including
boats, fishing nets, boat engines, hooks and money to the militiamen in the
past two years.
After robbing the fishing gear, the militiamen demand for payment to return
them. In March, suspected armed militiamen raided Walukuba, Wanseko, Bugoigo,
Somsio and Butiaba landing sites in Buliisa district and robbed 30 boat engines
from Ugandan fishermen.
In November 2018, armed militiamen raided the Lake Albert waters near Kaiso
landing site in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district killing seven fishermen
before taking off with their fishing gear including boats, nets, hooks and boat
Engines among others.
The endless attacks attracted the attention of the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF,
General David Muhoozi who rushed to Kaiso landing site on a fact finding
mission. He met some of the affected fishermen and pledged total security
on the lake but to date, the attacks have persisted.