The administrator Ben-territory in DRC Col. Charles Ehuta Omeonga, said the act was in fulfilment of bilateral meetings between Presidents Felix Tshisekedi and Yoweri Museveni aimed at solidifying relations between the two sister states.
The illegal fishing gear was destroyed by marine forces led by John Ngoy, Commander of the 33rd Naval Group on Lake Edward and Eco-guards from the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature-CICN.
According to Noe Mbusa Kavasya, a fisherman, the KyavinyongeI individual Fishermen's Association, the fishermen whom he did not reveal their identities for security reasons were arrested by heavily armed security operatives donning Ugandan marines’ army uniform.
The said operatives kidnapped 10 fishermen in the wee hours of August 2, 2020, and later placed a four million Shillings bounty for their release. The fishermen included David Mucunguzi, Innocent Twinomujuni, Shabul Nabasa, Jackson Tumuhamye, Benjamin Tusasibwe, Nicholas Sunday, Kenneth Kabasharira, Nicholas Tumwesigye, Patrick Bwiho and Jackson Musinguzi.
Nuwagaba Abias Kamondo, the Chairperson Boda Boda Katerera disclosed that soldiers connive with the Management Committee Chairpersons to arrest them and impound their motorcycles without any justifiable cause.
The Fishermen say that without any explanation, the unit officers withdrew their licenses and declared that new licenses have been given to only those members who belong to Rwenshama Fishing Company, an arrangement which had been abolished by the government to allow issuance of licenses on individual merit.