Collins Bamuturaki, a fisherman at Butiaba Landing Site in Buliisa district says that fishermen have been at peace since the border closure. He demands that the border closure period should further be extended to protect Ugandan fishermen from armed Congolese militia.
The closure of the border between
Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is helping in combating insecurity across
Lake Albert. The border was closed, on
the orders President Yoweri Museveni, as one of the measures to control the
spread of COVID-19.
Now fishermen operating on the Lake
Albert in the districts of Buliisa, Hoima and Kikuube say that the closure has reduced
reports of insecurity and crime on the Lake.
They argue that before the closure, armed Congolese militiamen would freely
cross into Uganda, to rob fishing gear and attack fishermen, a trend which ended
with the closure.
Collins Bamuturaki, a fisherman
at Butiaba Landing Site in Buliisa district says that fishermen have been at peace since the border closure. He demands
that the border closure period should further be extended to protect Ugandan
fishermen from armed Congolese militia.
Lugungu //Cue in; “Kade wudi
Cue out…yatyo ya tyo.”//
Ali Oryema, a fisherman at Fofo
Landing Site in Hoima district says the Congolese militiamen are finding it
difficult to cross to Uganda to cause havoc since the lake is currently being patrolled
and monitored by armed personnel following the border closure.
Alur//cue in; “Ni ai ma…
Cue out…Tic mwa ceke.”//
Jariekonga Bamsa, another
fisherman says that if the border had been closed earlier on, fishermen would not
have suffered in the hands of the Congolese militiamen who terrorized them over
the last two years.
Alur //Cue in;”Ka juma fodi…
Cue out…giromo bino ungo.”//
Julius Manyireki, a fisherman at
Kyehoro landing site in Kikuube district says the border closure is long overdue.
He says that closing the borders would have prevented smuggling of illegal
products from the DRC into the country.
Runyoro //Cue in;”Kuruga ba
Cue out…Muno Eyambire
Hoima Resident District
Commissioner-RDC Samuel Kisembo acknowledges that no single report of a crime has
been recorded since the closure of the border, unlike the past where a day
would not elapse without an attack on Ugandans by armed militiamen.
There have been persistent
attacks on Ugandan fishermen by suspected armed Congolese militiamen on the Lake
Albert killing and robbing fishing gear including boats, fishing nets, Engines
and Hooks among others since February 2018.