Fishermen and other users of Lake Tanganyika – the second-largest freshwater lake in the world – are becoming increasingly vocal about the threat posed by pirates from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tanzanian lake users and residents are calling on their government to increase waterborne patrols, which have reportedly been scaled back because of a lack of fuel for the police boats. The pirates are said to harass fishermen, stealing their goods and physically attacking them. Some residents of Kigoma, on the northeast (Tanzanian) border of the lake claim that the DR Congo raiders have killed fishermen. Quoted by Tanzanian paper Daily News, fishermen’s leader Michael Kiwele said that the pirates had stolen property worth TZS5Bn ($3M) in the past decades.