Lake. Albert in the western part of Uganda.
Yesterday night the Congolese militants attacked Ugandan Lake Albert fishermen at Wanseko landing site in Buliisa district, took all their property, no one killed or injured, this happened at around mid night.
This has happened for several times in the different shores of Lake Albert for a period of more than two years mostly targeting silver fish fishermen.
Tumwesinge Rogers, a victim said that attackers had four boats each with four soldiers wearing civilian clothes with dreaded hair, also had guns and other dangerous weapons.
They first took all our lambs, knives and phones, forced us to park all our properties in their boats thus forced us to leave immediately empty handed, Tumwesinge narrated the story.
The chairperson Lake Albert Mukene fishers and fish Association Mr. Wandera William told our reporter that they lost property approximately costing ten million shillings, they had even tied some unrecognized fishermen in their boats, Mr. William added.
He also adds that when Ugandan fishermen are attacked or kidnapped by the Congolese they don’t get any support from the government leaders and yet they pay monthly tax at the district.
However yesterday I contacted and delivered a letter to the Residence District Commissioner inviting the president of Uganda to come and help us concerning the attacks of Congolese militants, Mr. William adds.
The Regional Inspector Marine Police Commander Mr. Onyango Samuel warned the fishermen against fishing in the DR. Congo side since the border is not clearly known, thus fishermen avoid intruding to DR. Congo side since they dislike light night fishing.
Since silver fish is mostly found in DR. Congo, fishermen prefer fishing there but am appealing to our people always to fish in Uganda since it’s easy to monitor, Mr. Onyango adds.
However has also advised fishermen always to report orally in time as this will help in follow-up and monitoring the border points.