Two Ugandan policemen and three fisheries law enforcement officers have been arrested on the Democratic Republic of Congo side of Lake Albert.
Victor Ogwang, the officer in charge Lake Albert Marine Police says the law enforcement officials were on routine patrol at the time of arrest on Wednesday evening.
Ogwang explains that the officials were arrested by the Congolese Marine police personnel several miles away from Kaiso landing site in Hoima district.
Ogwang only identifies the fisheries law enforcement officers as Tumusiime, Jimmy and Tinka. He says particulars of the two policemen are yet to be ascertained, though he confirmed they were both armed with AK-47 rifles.
At the time of filing the story Ogwang said there were reports that the five were being detained at Joy Landing Site in Eastern DRCngo. Albert region police commander, Charles Ssebambulidde, declined to comment referring our reporter to Hoima Resident District Commissioner Jean Kaliba.
In a telephone interview Kaliba confirmed the incident but could not give further details. This comes just over a week after seven Congolese fishermen were arrested and charged with illegal entry and being in possession of illegal fishing gears.
The fishermen were charged at Buliisa Grade One Magistrates court.
Early this year Congolese and Ugandan authorities agreed to do joint operations on water and avoid clashes over border disputes. Fishermen from both countries have often times clashed with accusations of illegally crossing to either side of the lake.
Last year while at Butiaba landing site, Fisheries Minister Ruth Nankabirwa revealed plans to have a joint border re-demarcation exercise on Lake Albert. She was responding to complaints from fishermen that the borders were unclear inside the lake.