(Sept. 17, 2008) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda are planning to clearly mark their border in Lake Edward. The work will be done by a team composed of representatives of the two countries and will proceed with technical assistance from Germany. The project was announced by the resident district commissioner of Uganda's Bushenyi district, John Gaston Maliro, at a joint meeting with DRC authorities in the second week of September 2008.
The demarcation is needed because there have been conflicts between the two countries' fishermen in the lake. Early in September, 12 Congolese fishermen were arrested for working in Ugandan waters. Maliro stated that they had used illegal fishing methods that were depleting Lake Edward and that Congolese fishermen in general have polluted the area with polythene bags and human waste. The Congolese said that the lack of clear border marks was to blame for the incursion into Ugandan waters. After the announcement of the border-marking project, the 12 men were released unconditionally. (Chris Ahimbisibwe, Uganda, Congo to MarkLake Edward Borders, NEW VISION (Kampala, Uganda), Sept. 16, 2008, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/200809170249.html.)