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13 Congolese arrested in Kasese over illegal fishing

Thirteen Congolese nationals have been arrested on Lake Edward in Kasese District during an operation mounted by the Uganda People’s Defence Force marine unit.

The operation was conducted by both security operatives from Uganda and those from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lt Col. Dick Kaija the commander in charge of the fisheries unit confirmed that during the operation, over 13 Congolese were arrested and they impounded four boats and three engines on allegations of trespassing and illegal fishing among others.

He revealed that they arrested the Congolese violating Ugandan laws therefore they have to face the courts of law.

In an agreement made between both countries, the perpetrators are supposed to be deported back to their countries of origin awaiting the release of their equipment.

Capt. Favour Rugumayo the public relations officer of the marine brigade unit said that the Congolese fishermen were found with unauthorised fishing nets which were burnt on fears that they might be reused if not destroyed.

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Rugumayo warned the Congolese who have continued to sail illegally on Ugandan waters saying that once caught will be charged accordingly.

The security team also warned some Ugandan fishermen who have continued to use poor fishing methods and materials to immediately stop, lest they also be arrested.

They also warned the Ugandan fishermen to stop illegally crossing over to DRC to conduct some illegal business since security on the other side is also conducting similar operations on the waters.


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