A total of 12 Congolese fishermen were arrested on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, on the waters of Lake Edward, in Kyavinyonge, in the Isale Kasongwere grouping, chiefdom of the Bashu, Beni territory, North Kivu.
These fishermen were arrested by the Ugandan navy in the middle of patrol for violating the water boundaries between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
According to Moses Kiputulu, a member of civil society, of the Beshu chiefdom joined by koonexion.net, these fishermen are being held in Katwe, Uganda. These fishermen joined more than 70 other fishermen detained for the same cause.
However, local forces condemn these repeated arrests of Congolese fishermen who, when arrested, are always ordered to pay taxes. They are asking the Congolese authorities to get involved, because fishermen no longer know which saint to devote themselves to.