On Lake Albert, a lake owned by the two nations, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military detained 33 Ugandan fishermen, a top Ugandan official said on Monday.
Swaib Toko, resident commissioner for Pakwach, a district in northwestern Uganda, told Xinhua by telephone that the fishermen were detained on Friday.
Toko said, “The fishermen were accused of crossing into the DRC territory on Lake Albert and were therefore arrested,” he said. “We are still making arrangements to have the fishermen handed back to us,”
“Two of our fishermen overpowered and held two Congolese soldiers. We are working on having them returned as well,” Toko said.
There is no simple border on the lake to show the frontier line between the two nations, according to Toko.
With their 11 vessels, the Congolese soldiers just rounded up the fishermen,”The Congolese soldiers just picked the fishermen with their 11 boats,” “We shall sort out the differences and give them their soldiers.”
On Lake Albert, the detention of Ugandan fishermen by the Congolese military and militiamen is usual.
Sixteen Ugandan fishermen were detained at gunpoint in October last year by alleged DRC militiamen; they were arrested later.