LAKE ALBERT Uganda (Xinhua) --
At least two Ugandan fishermen
were killed, one injured and six others remain missing
after a group of armed Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
militiamen carried out attacks at a common border lake
shared by the two neighboring countries on Saturday, a
top police official said Sunday.
the Albertine region police commander, told Xinhua by
telephone that armed Congolese Lendu militiamen carried
out the attack at the disputed waters on Lake Albert,
located at the Uganda and DRC common border.
He said the
deceased, injured and missing fishermen were from Kaiso
landing site in the mid-western district of Hoima, which
hosts thousands of Congolese refugees.
“It is true
they (Congolese Lendu militia) attacked yesterday. Two
people were shot dead and their bodies recovered. The
injured is admitted at Hoima hospital,” said Obura.
5-6 persons are unaccounted for. We don’t know whether
they were killed or abducted,” he said.
they (militia) protect their Congo waters from illegal
fishing. They have been accusing our people of entering
their waters without their permission.”
on Sunday put the death toll at seven fishermen.
attack comes barely five days after the same militia
attacked and cut into pieces five Ugandan fishermen on
the same lake, before dumping their bodies in the
waters, according to local media.
following the two deadly incidents, Ugandan fishermen
have been planning to carry retaliatory attacks.
“I have just
been meeting the community now. They were also trying to
organize to attack the Congolese. But we have talked and
calmed them down. We hope they will listen,” said Obura.
in Kampala and their Kinshasa counterparts have in the
past agreed to conduct joint operations by fisheries and
security officials to prevent clashes and disagreements
over fishing in the disputed area, which both countries
been a lot of interventions at the high level. The
government has been conducting a lot of meetings with
the neighboring country to stop such kind of
hostilities,” said Obura.
people are wrong better they be arrested and produced in
courts of law than shooting and killing them like that.
We have encouraged our people to try to as much as
possible to avoid crossing to their hostile territory,”
they listen to us as government also speeds up the
(peace) dialogues with Congo.” Enditem
Floods kill five in
central Uganda: police
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
At least five people have been
confirmed dead in Uganda’s capital Kampala and the
central district of Wakiso following a heavy downpour
that triggered flooding on Sunday morning, a police
police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told Xinhua that a
commercial motorcycle rider and a pedestrian were washed
away in Bweyogerere and another killed along Gayaza road
in Wakiso by strong floods.
was killed in Kalerwe and another electrocuted in
Kyebando due to poor connections in Kampala, following
the rains that lasted four hours.
recorded some deaths and destruction of property in
Kampala and Wakiso. Several roads were cut off and
impassable,” said Onyango.
September, Uganda National Meteorological Authority
issued an alert that heavy rains, coupled with flooding,
thunderstorms and lightening, could lead to loss of
lives and destruction of property.
authority said that the mountainous eastern and western
parts of the country may experience landslides as the
rain season peaks.
At least 46
people were killed last month by landslides in the
mountainous eastern district of Bududa following
eastern Uganda occasionally experiences landslides
during the rainy season, and the worst was recorded in
2010 when landslides killed at least 300 people and left