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Injured Ugandan Fishermen Evacuated to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital

The injured fishermen are Seremos Byaruhanga, Robert Amukuhikirize and Deo Busobozi, all attached to Nsunzu B landing site in Buhuka Parish Kyangwali sub county, Kikuube district. They were shot and injured at around 5a.m near the Senjojo landing site in Buhuka parish.
Two of the three injured fishermen being rushed to Kituti Health Center IV in Kikuube after being shot and injured by the suspected DRC Militiamen.


The three Ugandan Fishermen who were reportedly shot and critically injured by suspected Congolese militiamen in the early hours of Monday morning in Kikuube district have been evacuated to Hoima Regional Referral hospital in critical condition.

The injured fishermen are Seremos Byaruhanga, Robert Amukuhikirize and Deo Busobozi, all attached to Nsunzu B landing site in Buhuka Parish Kyangwali sub county in Kikuube district.

They were shot and injured at around 5a.m near the Senjojo landing site in Buhuka parish when they had gone to fish.

The suspected militiamen put several Ugandan fishermen at gunpoint before ordering them to surrender to them their fishing gear including engines, nets and engines. 

 

The three  were shot and critically injured when they tried to resist the attack on them by the armed men who were dressed in Congolese military uniform.

After the fishermen refused to hand over their boat engine and fishing nets, the assailants opened fire on them critically injuring the trio. They also fired several bullets as they crossed to the DR Congo side. 

 

The injured fishermen were later rescued by fellow fishermen who heard them crying for help after the suspected militiamen had fled.  

The injured were first rushed to Buhuka Health Center III for first aid and later transferred to Kituti Health Center IV where they are currently admitted nursing severe bullet wounds.

Emmanuel Bisemeza, the Kyangwali sub county LC3 Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday evening that the injured fishermen have been evacuated from Kituti Health Center IV where they had been admitted to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital for specialized attention after their condition deteriorated. They were transferred to Hoima regional referral hospital on Monday evening.

He says the three who have been critically injured in their legs, hand and back respectively and need to undergo thorough surgical operations by health experts.

Bisemeza has appealed to the government to thoroughly investigate the motives behind the rampant attacks on Ugandan fishermen on the lake Albert waters by suspected DRC militiamen despite the presence of both the Uganda Peoples defense forces-UPDF soldiers and the Uganda police deployed on the shores of lake Albert.  

Attacks by the suspected DR Congo militiamen on Ugandan fishermen have been rampant since 2018.

      

In November 2018, Congolese Militiamen shot seven Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert. The incident occurred near Kaiso Landing site in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district as the militia raided the lake to rob fishing gear.

On July 9, 2021, four suspected Congolese militiamen raided Kikuube district robbing eight boat engines and fishing nets.

In March 2021, suspected armed militiamen abducted 16 Ugandan fishermen at Kaiso landing site in Kabaale Sub County.  They also robbed four fishing boats, four-engine boats and several sets of fishing nets from the fishermen.   

The abductees only regained their freedom after their families paid a ransom of USD 50 each. On March 21, 2021, the suspected militiamen raided again, robbing 19 boat engines.

In April 2020, UPDF gunned down two suspected Congolese militiamen on Lake Albert in Hoima district in a gunfire exchange. 

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