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
Julius Hakiza, the
Albertine Region Police Spokesperson identifies the suspects as Disabe Bedijjo,
Agenonga Jakuma, Aliki Ochendi, Pilogo Owunda, Thokwo Uthum, Papi Abekani and
are Gola Usaga, Saliba Obemu, Gama Pithuwa, Elemu Otim, Parathum, Thugwa and
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.
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
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
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
The militias raided
Kabolwa, Butiaba, Walukoba, Somsio, Wanseko and Bugoigoi landing sites.