Uganda detains three Kenyan fishermen for trespassing
London, July 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Three Kenyan fishermen are reportedly being detained by Ugandan authorities for allegedly trespassing.
The fishermen were arrested while on a fishing expedition in Lake Victoria and were taken to Hama Island in the neighboring country where they are currently being held.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, a popular Kenyan news website, Suba South sub-county Beach Management Unit (BMU) network Chairman William Onditi said the Ugandan security personnel also confiscated two boat engines and fishing gear during the arrests.
Mr. Onditi added that the officers then raided Sare Beach in Homa Bay where they confiscated two boat engines worth over Ksh.400,000 and took one to Lolwe Island in Uganda.
He further decried alleged frequent harassment of Kenyan fishermen in Lake Victoria by Ugandan and Tanzania authorities, urging the government to step in and put out the impending conflict.
Area police commander Richard Cheruiyot said they are waiting for an official report from the BMU leadership over the incident for necessary action.
Kenyan fishermen have repeatedly criticized their government for lack of security and protection for them while operating in Lake Victoria.
In November 2018, 36 Kenyan fishermen were by taken into custody by Tanzania authorities for similar offence of trespass.
The fishermen were from Muhuru Bay in Migori County