6 December 2010

Uganda: Congolese Soldiers Attack Local Fishermen

CONGOLESE soldiers from Mahagi Port in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday attacked Ugandan fishermen at Dei fishing site in Panyimur sub-county in Nebbi district.

The Nebbi district Police commander, Alex Wabwire, said the soldiers entered 400 meters into Uganda on Lake Albert, where they confiscated boats, pressure lamps and boat engines.

He said the attack was reported by Richard Oryeda, the district councillor representing Panyimur sub-county, who is also the district finance secretary.

"The Congolese soldiers had a plan of killing these fellows because they were firing mercilessly at the fishermen," Wabwire said.

He said nobody was injured in the attack, but that two Congolese soldiers were arrested in the operation jointly carried out by the Police and army from the Panyimur detachment.

Wabwire identified the Congolese soldiers who were arrested as Roger Mulumba and Trezor Mukanga, both from Mahagi Port.

He said the two soldiers who were being detained at Nebbi Police Station would be handed over to their government today at Goli Customs Post in Nebbi district.

"We shall warn them against illegally entering Uganda to cause havoc," Wabwire said.

"The Congo government is not bad, but a few errant officers need polishing," he added.

Wabwire said many of the Congolese soldiers escaped arrest during the operation.

On March 25, 2008, a Congolese soldier, who shot dead a 23-year-old fellow Congolese, was also killed in Panyimur sub-county when he (soldier) attempted to rob property in the area.

Efforts to get a comment from the Congolese officials were futile.

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