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Congolese authorities handover impounded fishing gear to the Ugandan authorities

By Baluku Alex

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have handed over nine boat engines and three boats to their Ugandan counterparts that were recently impounded from the Uganda fishermen on the Waters of Lake Edward over illegal entry into the country.

Representing the DRC leadership, the Administrator for Beni -Territory, Col. Ahuta Omeonga handed the equipment to the Kasese District RDC, Lt. Joe Walusimbi at a meeting that was held at Kasindi Port in Ben.

Col. Ahuta explained that the act was a sign of unity that was ushered in by the two heads of State, President Museveni and Tshisekedi

The Kasese RDC, Lt. Joe Walusimbi told the press that the development comes after he recently handed over 207 Engine boats to his counterparts in DRC in a bid to embrace unity.

He also revealed that the Congolese who are in Ugandan prisons over illegal fishing will soon be repatriated back to DRC and vice-versa.

Kikemba Kakule, a Congolese national, who is also the Chief at Kasindi Port in Busongora sub-county, Beni –territory told the residents from both countries to always protect the fish from depletion.

A Ugandan national whose boat had also been impounded by DRC marine personnel, hailed the RDC for his intervention that he said has restored hope.

John Bosco Kananura, the L. C III Chairperson for Katwe- Kabatooro Town Council asked the Congolese fishermen to regulate the fishing activity.

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