Congolese Authorities Yet To Release Five Ugandan Captives

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The fisheries law enforcement officers have only been identified as Tumusiime, Tinka and Jimmy.

Congolese authorities are yet to release five Ugandan officials who were captured from Lake Albert last week. The captives include two policemen attached to Kaiso police post and three fisheries law enforcement officers. The fisheries law enforcement officers have only been identified as Tumusiime, Tinka and Jimmy. The identities of the cops have not yet been revealed.

They were arrested by Congolese security officials while on routine patrol on Lake Albert several miles away from Kaiso landing site on Wednesday. Charles Ssebambulidde, the Albert region police commander says that the five are yet to be released despite talks between the two countries. Ssebambulidde told URN on Wednesday afternoon that the Congolese officials were still in a meeting to discuss the issue.

He explained that the officials promised to call the Ugandan team soon after the meeting to pick up the captives. The RPC however remained non-committal on where the captives were being detained, although unconfirmed reports suggest that they are being held at Joy landing site in Eastern DRC.

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The incident comes less than two weeks after seven Congolese fishermen were arrested for illegal entry and being in possession of illegal fishing gears in Buliisa district. They appeared at Buliisa Grade One Magistrates court last Monday.

Early this year Congolese and Ugandan authorities agreed to do joint operations on the waters following rampant border clashes. Fishermen from either side of the lake have often clashed, with accusations of illegal border crossings.