Congo authorities have returned 35 of the 50 boat engines stolen by Congolese militiamen from Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert.
Uganda Radio Network [URN] reports that the boat engines were robbed between February 2018 and June 2019 from various landing sites in Hoima, Kikuube, Buliisa and Kagadi districts.
They were recovered by the Congolese authorities in Ituri province and handed over to Ugandan security officials led by Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Richard Tabaro at Kaiso landing site on Sunday evening.
Tabaro said the boats and engines were returned at no cost. He explained that efforts are still on find the remaining fishing gear stolen by the militiamen.
On the same day, Ugandan authorities released two Congolese militiamen who were last week arrested by Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert in Kikuube District.
Warom Odaga and Enock Chombe were handed over to the Congolese authorities by Ugandan security officials led by Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner-RDC, Richard Tabaro at Kaiso landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district.
Other officials present included the District Internal Security officers-DISOs of Hoima and Kikuube, UPDF Marine Officers, the Albertine Regional Police Crime Intelligence, Immigration officials, local leaders and fishermen.
Attacks on Ugandan fishermen by Congolese militiamen have been rampant on the waters of Lake Albert.
Dozens of Ugandan fishermen have lost their fishing gear including boats, fishing nets, boat engines, hooks and money to the militiamen in the past two years.