The attack occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning at around 5a.m near the Bugoma landing site in Buhuka parish Kyangwali sub county in Kikuube district.
Boat Engines that were recovered from suspected DRC Militiamen after they had been robbed from Ugandan Fishermen in 2019.The suspected DRC militiamen are still targeting boat engines on the lake.photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Four suspected armed DR Congo militiamen have
raided the Lake Albert waters in Kikuube district robbing eight boat engine and fishing nets.
The attack occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning at around 5a.m near
the Bugoma landing site in Buhuka parish, Kyangwali sub county in Kikuube district.
Javian Chekechan, a fisherman and a resident
of Bugoma landing site told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview that the
suspected Congolese militiamen who were dressed in DR Congo military uniform raided
the lake and placed several fishermen at gunpoint, and ordered them to
surrender the engine boats to them.
Reginal Ngamita, the LC2 Chairperson of Buhuka
parish who was also a victim explains that after robbing the engines and several
sets of fishing nets, the attackers immediately crossed to the DR Congo side.
Joseph Ringwegi, the Buhuka Parish Councilor says
reliable information indicates that the suspected DR Congo militiamen after
executing their mission crossed to Joo landing site in Bunia district Ituri Province
in the Eastern part of the DR Congo. He has appealed to Ugandan security operatives
to immediately intervene and have the robbed engines and fishing nets returned
at no cost.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson says investigations into the attack have commenced adding that top security operatives in region have liaised with their counterparts in the Eastern DR Congo to trace the attackers.
Attacks by the suspected DR Congo militiamen on
Ugandan fishermen have been rampant since 2018.
On May 20, 2021, six armed Congolese militiamen raided the
lake Albert waters and robbed 15 boat engines on Lake Albert.
In March 2021, suspected armed DR Congo militiamen
raided the Lake Albert waters abducting 16 Ugandan fishermen. The attack occurred near 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.
On March 21, 2021, the suspected DR Congo
militiamen again raided the lake robbing 19 boat engines.