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9 Congolese Fishermen Arrested in Hoima

Nine Congolese fishermen have been arrested in Hoima for alleged illegal entry and fishing on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.

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Nine Congolese fishermen have been arrested in Hoima for alleged illegal entry and fishing on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.

 

The fishermen were arrested about 100 metres from Kijangi landing site in Buseruka Sub County on Monday afternoon.

 

Kijangi Police Post officer in charge, Fred Kugonza, says that the nine fishermen had 3 boats, 69 fishing nets and about three tones of immature fish that were also impound by police.

 

All the suspects including Tishioba Okech aged 25, Yasin Bedi aged 29, Garajole Omirambe and Obetu Jakiosha are residents of Muvarama landing site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 

Kugonza says they were transferred to Hoima town for custody and further investigation.

 

Hoima police criminal investigations officer Johnson Monday Agaba could be charged with illegal entry into the country and illegal fishing among others.

 

James Mwesigwa, Hoima district Fisheries Officer explained that the Congolese fishermen are desperate for fishing ground following a three month ban on fishing daga fish commonly known as “Mukene” imposed by the Congolese fisheries officials.

 

He says all their fishing gears are illegal in Uganda and can never be tolerated.

 

Three weeks ago, 35 Congolese fishermen were repatriated after they arrived at Kijangi landing site with 6 boats and a number of fishing nets.

 

Another 45 had arrived a day before at the neighboring Runga landing site with 15 boats. They all had no identification documents.

 

This comes at the time the mid-western regional police commander; Charles Ssebambulidde is asking security officials in the Albertine Grabben to be vigilant to control the threat of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels operating in the DRC. The police chief also warned of Al-Shabab terrorists that could target the oil-rich region.

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