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14 Congolese Arrested for Illegal Entry

According to Hakiza, the suspects didn’t have any document authorizing them to enter Uganda when they were picked up. He says during the arrest, security impounded four fishing boats, one boat Engine and immature fish belonging to the suspects.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson commenting on the Arrests and Detention of the Congolese.
Fourteen Congolese nationals are in trouble for illegal entry into Uganda.  The Congolese nationals were picked up by Police and the Military on Easter Sunday when they were found fishing on Lake Albert, a few meters from Mbegu landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka sub county Hoima district.  

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson identifies the suspects as Disabe Bedijjo, Agenonga Jakuma, Aliki Ochendi, Pilogo Owunda, Thokwo Uthum, Papi Abekani and Jaa Abonga. 

Others are Gola Usaga, Saliba Obemu, Gama Pithuwa, Elemu Otim, Parathum, Thugwa and Omirambe. 

  According to Hakiza, the suspects didn’t have any document authorizing them to enter Uganda when they were picked up. He says during the arrest, security impounded four fishing boats, one boat Engine and immature fish belonging to the suspects.

  The confiscated fishing gear is currently parked at Mbegu landing site. Hakiza says they also found the suspects with narcotic in their canoes. He says the suspects will appear in court for illegal entry and possession of narcotics once police investigations are complete.

It is common for Congolese fishermen to cross and fish in Ugandan waters near landing sites in Hoima, Buliisa, Kagadi and Kikuube districts. By the time of filing this story, Congolese authorities were yet to respond to the arrest of the fishermen.      

The arrests come amidst increased attacks on Ugandan Fishermen by suspected Congolese militia who rob them of their fishing gear including boats, Engines and batteries among others.   

The affected Ugandan fishermen have severally faulted security operatives and government for turning a deaf ear towards the persistent attacks by armed Congolese. 

The latest attacks occurred in March in Buliisa district when suspected Congolese Militia raided the area and robbed 30 boat engines from Ugandan fishermen and crossed with them to the DR Congo.

  The militias raided Kabolwa, Butiaba, Walukoba, Somsio, Wanseko and Bugoigoi landing sites.

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