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Legalbrief   |   your legal news hub Sunday 18 August 2019

DRC accuses Uganda of killing fishermen

The DRC's navy has accused Ugandan troops of killing four Congolese fishermen, whose bound and bullet-riddled bodies surfaced on Lake Edward, which is shared by the two neighbouring countries. A report on the News24 site notes that it marks the latest escalation of tensions over the lake, the smallest of eastern Africa's Great Lakes, where the two sides engaged in deadly clashes this year. ‘The fishermen had been on the lake since Friday and had not returned. (On Tuesday) we saw their burnt and tied up bodies floating in the lake,’ said Jonas Kataliko, head of the fishermen's association in the lakeside village of Kyavinyonge. Major Jean Tsongo, who heads Congolese naval forces in the area, blamed the Ugandan navy for the incident.