Two suspected Congolese militiamen have been
gunned down on the lake Albert waters in Hoima district.
The duo was gunned
down in a fire exchange between the militia and the Uganda peoples defense
forces-UPDF soldiers on Thursday evening at around 4pm.
Five others have also
been arrested by the UPDF while on the lake.
The deceased militiamen have been identified
as Ozelle Opio 25 and one only identified as Singa. Their bodies are currently
lying in Hoima Mortuary.
The five arrested have been identified as
Balaka Jarenga 35, Makuru Onjoka 36, Claude Nguma 29, Kakuru Kwamire and
Kapaseka Otika39. They are all currently detained at Hoima central police
The UPDF operatives also recovered three AK
47 guns with 47 rounds of ammunition that the militiamen were using at the time
they were rounded up.
It is alleged that the armed Congolese
Militiamen raided the lake Albert waters and crossed near Kaiso landing site in
Buseruka sub county Hoima district where they put several Ugandan fishermen at gun
point ordering them to surrender to them fishing gear including boats, fishing
nets, engines and hooks among others.
However, some of the Ugandan fishermen alerted
UPDF who rushed to their rescue. Before the UPDF soldiers could reach them, the
suspected militiamen opened fire leading to fire exchange between them and the
UPDF and in the process two of the Militiamen were put out of action.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police
spokesperson says no any Uganda peoples defense forces-UPDF soldier was shot or
injured during the fire exchange adding that investigations have commenced into
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Samuel Kisembo, the Resident District
Commissioner-RDC Hoima says they are currently in contact with Jean Saidi Bamanisa,
the governor of Ituri province in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of
Congo to trace for the origin of the militiamen.
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.
On December 25, 2019, suspected Congolese
militiamen raided Lake Albert and robbed Ugandan fishermen of their valuables.
March 2019, suspected Congolese militiamen staged three attacks near Bugoigo,
Walukuba and Butiaba landing sites in Buliisa district where they robbed 30
boat Engines from Uganda fishermen at gunpoint.