On Saturday May 21, 2016 police officers Sgt .Faruk Waiswa, CPL. Biral Opara, PC Moses Ocen and PC Bernard Isingoma were shot dead on while on an official patrol on Lake Albert within the territorial sphere ofUganda in Kitebere-Kibale district.
We condemn the killings and have sent our protest note to the Government of DR. Congo demanding for a detailed report explaining the circumstances under which the incident took place. We also want the FARDC officers involved in killing Ugandan police officers to be brought to justice and an appropriate compensation be given to the affected families.
The DRC soldiers after killing took the bodies of the four comrades to the DR Congo side and also confiscated the Uganda Police Force speed boat and their guns.
The government demands immediate repatriation of the bodies, equipment and all the personal belongings of the affected and immediate joint implementation of the agreed mechanisms under the NGURDOTO Agreement under Article 3 and the outcomes of the joint permanent commission between two countries of 23-27 August 2014 in Kinshasa to forestall the re-occurrence of similar incidents.
The government of Uganda regrets that similar incidents have occurred repeatedly, notably where DRC forcefully arrested seven Ugandan police men on official patrol on Lake Albert in May 2013 from Uganda territorial waters and proceeded to detain them in Kinshasa for over a year until April 2014. This was followed by another killing of Uganda police officer byDRC Forces.
We urge the government of DR Congo to refrain from further using unnecessary force and other actions to injure the cordial relationships of the two countries. A repeat of the same will compel the government ofUganda to take self-defense measures to protect its citizens.
(Statement by IGP Kale Kayihura, 23.05.2016)