24 Congolese Captured by Uganda Forces on Lake Albert


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The destructive fishing practices devastate the marine environment leading to reduced fish stocks.

According to Bakari Muga Bashil, the Rwenzori region Police publicist, the suspects were arrested by UPDF marine officials on Saturday at about 11:30am from Mulango landing site ,in Kanara sub county, Ntoroko district.

He said the suspects were netted after entering Uganda waters 5km from Democratic Republic of Congo fishing on L. Albert using the illegal fishing gears commonly known as Kokota that catch young fish.

Bakari disclosed the suspects Congolese hail from Tonya in DRC and enter Uganda without legal documents.

He identified some of the suspects as 30-year -old Benjamin Muhumuza and Ismail Baluuku, 37.

According to Bakari, they managed to impound two Motor Boat Engines and Kokota nets that were later burnt to ashes.

He said the Congolese are being detained at Ntoroko police station pending prosecution on charges of illegal entry in the country and using illegal fishing gears that deplete the young fish on Lake Albert waters.

Early this year, the police, army and Beach Management Unit held a meeting with the fish mongers operating on the landing sites of L .Albert and warned them against using illegal fishing net.

In the meeting according to Bakari, they resolved to arrest and charge the culprits in courts of law and also burn the fishing gears.


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