Crime & Investigation

Uganda Warns DRC Over Killed Policemen: We Might be Forced to Retaliate

Uganda police boss Gn Kale Kayihura and Foreign Affairs State Minister Henry Okello Oryem addressing the media in Kampala on Monday (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Ugandan government officials have expressed concern over continued provocation by authorities from the Democratic Republic of Congo which has in the recent years worsened the relationship between the two countries.

Over the weekend, more about 4 Uganda police officers were shot dead by DRC soldiers on Lake Albert.

Addressing journalists on Monday afternoon, salve the Foreign Affairs State Minister, viagra 40mg Henry Okello Oryem said it was unfortunate that 4 Ugandan marine policemen were shot dead by officers of the DRC army inside Ugandan territory.

“The government of Ugandan protests these unfortunate developments in the strongest terms and we have sent an official protest note to the DRC government through the Charge D’Affaires of its embassy here,” Oryem said.

The Foreign Affairs State Minister added that on top of the official protest, Uganda demands a detailed report explaining the circumstances under which the incident took place adding that they have credible evidence linking DRC’s FARDC forces to perpetuating the gruesome incident.

“It is not a simple request but demand from us to the DRC government because these gallant men who were properly dressed in uniform and in a boat inscribed ‘Uganda Police’ were carrying out their routine patrol in the territorial sphere of Uganda in Kibaale district and attacked by DRC soldiers.”

Oryem added that the Kinshasa government must as part of the demands; repatriate the bodies and personal belongings of the dead policemen adding that the bodies were taken to Bunia hospital mortuary in the Ituri Province by the DRC soldiers.

How the Incident Occurred

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura said no one knows what exactly happened on the fateful day but said according to some eyewitnesses and the area police commanders, the incident occured when Ugandan policemen were doing their routine patrols on L. Albert waters between Ntoroko and Kitebere.

“It could have happened between late mid-day and early afternoon because after the incident the bodies were taken by the DRC soldiers,” Gen. Kayihura told journalists.

“The Congolese fishermen are believed to have mobilized their soldiers while coming to do illegal fishing in Ugandan waters.”

He noted that on several occasions, Ugandan fishermen have complained over their counterparts from DRC coming and stealing their catch.

According to the police boss, on Saturday, over 6 boats from DRC came to the Ugandan side, encircled the marine police boat before shooting dead all its occupants.

“The boat was clearly marked. To me it was a planned move by the Congolese soldiers but we are carrying out our own investigations into the matter. I think it was an act of indiscipline by the soldiers.”

“The incident has only made us more resolved to protect and defend our citizens.”

According to Ugandan government officials, they demand for compensation of the families of the deceased plus bringing the perpetrators of the incident to book.

“In the mean time the government of Uganda urges their DRC counterparts to refrain from using unnecessary force and other actions that injure the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries. A repeat of   these incidents may compel the Uganda authorities to take self defense measures to protect its citizens,” warned Oryem.

“It is a very serious crime that needs the perpetrators brought to book. We have put them (Kinshasa government) on notice that a repeat of a similar incident, Ugandan forces will use force to repel such an incident as provide for by law in order to protect citizens and property.”


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