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Fishermen Want Bodies of Killed Colleagues Returned

The deceased persons are only identified as Patrick 33, Moses 24, Jakwonga and Olivier 25, all fishermen attached to Kaiso landing site in Tonya Parish Buseruka sub county Hoima district. The fishermen were attacked by a group of eight men armed with three guns, panga's, spears, bows and arrows in November last year.

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Fishermen on Lake Albert have faulted the government for failing to negotiate the return of bodies of their colleagues killed by suspected Congolese Militia.

The deceased are identified as Patrick 33, Moses 24,  Jakwonga and Olivier 25, all fishermen attached to Kaiso landing site, Buseruka sub-county Hoima district. The fishermen were attacked by a group of eight men armed with three guns, panga's, spears, bows and arrows in November.

The militia later took the bodies to DR Congo. Since then relatives of the deceased have not been able to access the bodies of their loved ones since they fear crossing to DR Congo to collect the remains.

The Chief of Defense forces General David Muhoozi was compelled to go to Kaiso Landing site in November for a fact-finding Mission. He assured the fishermen that government of Uganda would take full responsibility of transporting the bodies back.

Robert Mujuni, a fisherman at Kaiso Landing site says they have lost hope. He says ever since the attacks they have not received any information from the government regarding the return of the bodies.

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James Okumu, another fisherman says government should talk to the Congolese government and expedite the process of returning the bodies.      

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John Kato says they can't cross to Congo because they also fear being killed.

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Authorities in Kampala and their Kinshasa counterparts have in the past agreed to conduct joint operations by fisheries and security officials to prevent clashes and disagreements over fishing in the disputed area.

Since last year, attacks by suspected Congolese armed men have been rampant on the Lake Albert waters with the majority of Ugandan fishermen losing their fishing gear to the Congolese.      

The latest attacks were last month in Buliisa district where the Suspected Congolese militiamen staged three different attacks at different landing sites in the Buliisa district and robbed 30 boat Engines. The attacks occurred near Bugoigo, Walukuba and Butiaba landing sites.                 

            

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