Police and the army have arrested 14 Congolese nationals during an operation conducted on landing sites around Lake Albert on the border with DR Congo.
The operation, which was conducted at Tonya, Kyehoro and Kaiso landing sites, targeted criminals who always take advantage and attack Ugandan fishermen before fleeing into DR Cingo.
According to Mr Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police spokesperson, the joint security team impounded four boats and immature fish.
All the suspects are detained at Hoima Central Police station and they will be charged in court as soon as investigations are complete.
Over the last one year, Ugandan fisherman have suffered attacks from DRC militants.
In November last year, four Ugandan fishermen were killed on Lake Albert by an armed group suspected to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Security and local leaders identified the deceased as Patrick Chobidongo, Ozunga, Moses and Eric.
Chobidongo and Ozunga were part of a group of Ugandan fishermen from Kaiso landing site in Hoima district who traveled to DRC to search for the body of Ozele Ali who had drowned in Lake Albert.The Kaiso LCI Chairman Mr Henry Irumba said a team of fishermen received a call from DRC calling them to pick Ozele’s body which had been missing for over five days however after arriving at Para landing site, an unidentified armed group shot at them, killing Chobidongo and Ozunga instantly.
According to Mr Peter Agenonga,a coxswain who was navigating the boat, one of the shooters was dressed in a military uniform similar to that of the DRC army.
“As soon as we reached at the landing site, Ogen (David) stepped out of the boat and wanted to dock. Before we could get out of the boat, they opened fire on us” Agenonga who survived the gunshots said.
When President Museveni was in Hoima district in November last year to launch a Bursary scheme for over 600 learners in the oil rich Albertine region, Mr Muhamad Kiyimba, the central cell LCI Chairman informed the President about the rampant attacks by Congolese armed groups on Ugandan fishermen.
“We request you His Excellency to intervene in this matter. It is only you who can solve this matter” Kiyimba said.
President Museveni warned Congolese against attacking Ugandans and promised to increase army deployments on Lake Albert and other lakes that are on Ugandan boarders.
Uganda and DRC have love and hate relationships. Uganda provides a safe haven to over 100,000 Congolese nationals who have fled their homeland over insecurity. Yet Congolese militia groups use Congolese territory to attack Ugandans.