Police Investigating Congolese Army Attack On Ugandan Fishermen

By George Busiinge

Police in the Albertine region are saying a group of about ten armed men dressed in army uniforms similar to those of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invaded Ugandan waters.

The raid which occurred on Saturday at Nsonga landing site in Kyabngwali Sub-county Hoima district left one person dead and several items stolen at gun point including six boat engines, mobile phones and fishing gears.

Julius Allan Hakiiza, the Albertine Region police spokesperson confirmed the report and identified the deceased as only Omkirambe. By last evening, the body of the deceased had not yet been retrieved as a search was still underway by marine police. Hakiiza said

Some of the fishermen who lost property include Stephen Bagonza, Jackline Onziga, Ramathan Okumu, and Isa Okumu. Max Okumu, a surviver said Omirambe dived into the waters as he was trying to resist abduction.

This is not the first time such fatal raids are happening in the oil rich region. Many have happened in the past and attracted the attention of the heads of states for the countries. Uganda shares a porous border with DRC which has bred insecurity in the region.

Okumu wants government to engage DR Congo authorities to ensure the stolen properties are returned unconditionally.

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