KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
At least six Ugandan fishermen were captured on
Saturday by suspected Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
militiamen on a common border lake that links the two
neighboring countries, a police spokesperson said here on
Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson, told Xinhua that suspected
Congolese Mai-Mai militia kidnapped the fishermen on Lake
Albert, located at the Uganda and DRC common border.
He said the six
fishermen from Rweshama village in the western district of
Rukungiri whose whereabouts remain unknown were abducted with
their engine motor boat.
“The kidnappers are
suspected to be Mai-Mai militias. The BISO’s (Border Internal
Security Officer) office is linking up with Congolese local
authorities for their safe release,” said Onyango.
There have been
abductions, fights and accusations between the two countries
over a disputed border water area believed to have huge oil
Kampala and their Kinshasa counterparts have in the past agreed
to conduct joint operations by fisheries and security officials
to prevent clashes and disagreements over fishing in the
disputed area, which both countries claim ownership.
Congo refugees in
Rwanda register for repatriation
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
At least 30 percent of Congo refugees in Kiziba
Refugee Camp in in Karongi district in western Rwanda have
registered to repatriate to their country, an official said on
Appearing before the
Parliamentary National Budget and Patrimony Committee over the
2018-2019 Budget Framework Paper, Olivier Kayumba, the Permanent
Secretary in Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and
Refugee Affairs, said the registration is being done by the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
in liaison with the Government of Rwanda and Democratic Republic
of the Congo (DRC) for voluntary repatriation.
“Some refugees asked
for voluntary repatriation; UNHCR started registration exercise
and 30 percent have been registered,” he said.
The UNHCR would
discuss with the government of DRC on secure resettlement areas
for those repatriating, said Kayumba.
De Bonheur Jeanne
D’Arc, Rwanda’s minister in charge of refugee affairs, stressed
that refugees have a right to voluntary repatriation as long as
their security is assured.
The date of
repatriation remains unclear, according to the minister.
The Kiziba camp
hosts over 17,000 refugees, around 77 percent of whom are women
and children, according to the UNHCR.
In February, five
people were killed and 22 others wounded as protests by refugees
from the Kiziba refugee camp turned violent, according to the
The protests were
caused by different purposes beyond reduced food rations, the
cause reported earlier, such as wanting to return to home
country or to be resettled in Europe and America while
maintaining Rwandan citizenship, said Rwanda’s foreign minister
Seven Democratic Republic of
drown in Zambia after boat capsize
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Seven refugees from the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) have drowned after a boat they were in capsized in a
lake in Zambia’s Chiengi district in Luapula Province, the
police said on Saturday.
Mwaata-Katongo, Zambia Police Spokesperson said the victims were
part of 35 refugees from a transit refugee center in Zambia’s
Nchelenge district in the same province who left the camp
without authorization and hired a boat which is believed to have
According to the
police spokesperson, four bodies, all juveniles with the
youngest being 17-months-old, have since been retrieved while
the search for the others has continued.
She said the
accident happened when a small boat which was carrying luggage
and a few people and was being towed by an engine boat capsized
due to strong winds before the engine boat also capsized,
resulting in the drowning of the victims.
She added that 22
people survived the accident while the coxswain of the boat has
been detained for the offense of causing death by dangerous
The small boat is
not yet retrieved, she added.