Suspected armed Congolese Militiamen have again raided the Lake Albert waters in Hoima district robbing 19 boat Engines in an attack in the wee hours yesterday near Kaiso Landing Site in Kabaale Sub-county.
It is alleged that the armed militiamen dressed in DRC Military Uniform raided the lake and placed several fishermen at gunpoint, and ordered them to surrender the boat engines to them.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson said yesterday that although security teams were notified by the affected fishermen, it was too late for them to pursue the suspected militiamen because they had already fled and crossed back to DRC. Mr. Hakiza however said that the Ugandan authorities are already engaging counterparts in Congo to solve the recurring problem.
Fred Mujuni, the Chairperson of the Kaiso Landing Site fishing community says currently they are overwhelmed by the increasing attacks by suspected Congolese militiamen yet the government has reportedly kept a deaf ear despite several pleas to have them assisted. END