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Bunyoro MPs Fault Security for Laxity on Lake Albert

Stephen Birahwa Mukitale, the Buliisa County Member of Parliament demands for an explanation from the Minister of internal Affairs on why Ugandan fishermen continue to be robbed several times.
Fishing boats at Kaiso landing site in Hoima District.

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Members of Parliament from Bunyoro have faulted security personnel for laxity for the continued attacks by Congolese Militiamen on Ugandan fishermen on the Lake Albert.

The attacks that have seen several boat Engines, boats, nets and fish confiscated by suspected Congolese Militiamen since last year in the landing sites of Kaiso, Butiaba, Kyehoro, sebigoro, Ndaiga, Walukuba, Kijangi, Fofo, Bugoigo and Rwentali in the districts of Buliisa, Hoima, Kikuube and Kagadi.  

The Congolese militiamen invade the lake while armed with guns putting the fishermen at gunpoint ordering them to surrender all their fishing gear. After robbing the gear, they cross with them to DR Congo and later ask for ransom to have the fishing gear returned.

  The recent incidents were last week at the landing sites of Bugoigo, walukuba, somsio and Butiaba in Buliisa district where the suspected Congolese militiamen armed with guns raided the area robbing 35 boat engines and crossed with them to DR Congo. To date, the fishermen have never recovered the boat Engines. The militias are asking for 1.5 million shillings to have each of the robbed boat engines returned to the owners.  

Stephen Birahwa Mukitale, the Buliisa County Member of Parliament demands for an explanation from the Minister of Internal Affairs on why Ugandan fishermen continue to be robbed several times. 

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  Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County MP fears that more Ugandan fishermen could lose their lives following the persistent attacks if security officials in the region continue to keep a deaf ear on the attacks.  

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Tophace Kaahwa Byagira, the Kikuube District Woman Member of Parliament says the attacks are regrettable. She tasked the security chiefs in the country to come up with a clear statement on the fate of Ugandan fishermen on the Lake Albert.  She says most fishermen have lost their income following the attacks since all of their fishing gears have been stolen.   

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson says they are making all possible efforts with the Congolese security counterparts to find a lasting solution to the persistent attacks.

  He says that they will hold a cross border meeting with security operatives from the DR Congo and key on the agenda will be how both countries can join efforts to end attacks on the lake.  

On March 1, 2019, three suspected armed Congolese Militiamen raided Kyehoro Landing site in Kikuube district and abducted a Ugandan fisherman. The Militiamen raided the area and abducted 40-year-old Piboth Opio, a fisherman attached to Kyehoro landing site and crossed with him together with his fishing gear to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The gear included a boat, a set of fishing net and a boat engine.  They have since asked for ransom to have him released. 

In November 2018, Twelve Ugandan fishermen were gunned down by suspected Congolese Militiamen in three different attacks near Kaiso Landing site in Tonya parish in Hoima district.  



 

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