DRC Releases 5 Ugandans Held For Trespass

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Five Ugandans including two Policemen arrested early last for alleged trespass on the Democratic Republic of Congo territory have finally been handed over to the Ugandan Ambassador, Major James Kinobe.

 Five Ugandans including two police officers arrested early last for alleged trespass on the Democratic Republic of Congo territory have finally been handed over to the Ugandan Ambassador, Major James Kinobe.
 
Sylvester Opoka and Stephen Kapeere formerly attached to Buliisa Police Station in Buliisa district were arrested by the Congolese forces and detained in various places.
 
The duo has now been handed over to Ambassador Kinobe in Kinshasa after the intervention of the Chief of Defense Force – CDF, General Katumba Wamala.
 
Other Ugandans who were arrested alongside the police officers are Patrick Tumusiime, Jimmy Bagamba and Richard Tinka all fisheries enforcement officers.
 
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on Friday, the Director of Interpol, Asan Kasingye confirmed the policemen had been rescued and handed over to the Ambassador. Kasingye said the policemen were safe adding that Ambassador Kinobe had requested for money to repatriate them back home.
 
However, the Congolese authorities are still quiet on the issue involving the two guns that were confiscated from the policemen.
 
All the five were arrested on May 23 last year and have been held in various places until the intervention of General Katumba Wamala.
 
Immaculate Businge, a sister to one of the three victims from Kaiso Tonya Fishing Village on Lake Albert in Hoima District, says the trio was employed by one Steven Rwakisherara to patrol the lake for illegal fishing. Businge said they were arrested by the DRC police, who accused them of crossing into the DRC waters.

 

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