The Militiamen identified as Warom Odaga, 27 and Enock Chombe, 22, were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday Morning near Nkondo landing site in Kabwoya Sub County. They are part of the four militiamen armed with an AK 47 riffle who raided the lake and robbed fishermen of their fishing gear on Tuesday morning.
Deo Obura, the Albertine Regional Police commander speaking to Uganda Radio Network.
The two Congolese
Militiamen who were arrested on the waters of Lake Albert in Kikuube
district have been transferred to the Albertine regional Police
Headquarters for Further Interrogation.
identified as Warom Odaga, 27 and Enock Chombe, 22, were arrested in the
wee hours of Tuesday Morning near Nkondo landing site in Kabwoya Sub
County. They are part of the four militiamen armed with an AK 47 riffle
who raided the lake and robbed fishermen of their fishing gear on
However, the Ugandan
successfully disarmed the militiaman who was holding the firearm and
apprehended two others, who were later handed over to security teams at
Nkondo landing site. The suspects were later transferred to Kikuube
Central Police Station, where, they have since been detained.
Deo Obura, the Albertine
Regional Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network on Friday afternoon
that the two militiamen were transferred from Kikuube Central Police
Station to the Albertine Regional Police Headquarters in Hoima town.
According to Obura,
police and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF are jointly carrying
out the interrogation of the two arrested Militiamen in order to
facilitate their trial. They face charges of aggravated robbery.
Attacks on Ugandan
fishermen by Congolese militiamen are rampant on Lake Albert waters.
Dozens of Ugandan fishermen have lost their fishing gear including
boats, fishing nets, boat engines, hooks and money to the militiamen in
the past two years. Often, after robbing the fishing gear, the militiamen demand payment to return them.
In March this year,
suspected armed militiamen raided Walukuba, Wanseko, Bugoigo, Somsio and
Butiaba landing sites in Buliisa district and robbed 30 boat engines
from Ugandan fishermen. Similarly,
in November 2018, armed militiamen raided the Lake Albert waters near
Kaiso landing site in Buseruka Sub County and killed seven fishermen,
before taking off with their fishing gear.
The endless attacks
attracted the attention of the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF, General
David Muhoozi who rushed to Kaiso landing site on a fact-finding
mission. He met some of the affected fishermen and pledged total
security on the lake but to date, the attacks have