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Tensions, strike as Congo locks out Ugandan traders


Uganda/Democratic Republic of Congo border in Kasese district.

A group of Ugandan traders on Sunday demonstrated in protest against DR Congo decision to block them from accessing the country to carry out their businesses.

On Friday last week, a section of DR Congo traders reportedly denied their Ugandan Counterparts access on grounds that Ugandans always abandon bodies of their dead colleagues in DR Congo forcing the Congolese to bury them at their expense.

Following the closure, business at the Uganda-DR Congo border post of Mpondwe was paralysed for more than three days.

Police Public Relations officer for Rwenzori sub region, Lydia Tumushabe is quoted to have advised Ugandans to always inform police before demonstrating so that amicable ways of addressing their grievances can be found in order to allow business operations go on smoothly without disturbing peace in the region.

Tumushabe said, “The security personnel have been deployed at the two borders to prevent any re-occurrence of what happened as both sides discuss security matters.”

The strike comes in the wake of reports of Congolese soldiers entering Uganda’s territory on Lake Albert shooting four police marines while they were patrolling the border.

The incident was one of the many violent attacks by the Congolese officials in disputed points on Lake Albert despite the 2007 Ngurdoto Agreement between the two countries to resolve such incidents in a peaceful manner.

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