Outcry as Uganda police nab six fishermen, confiscate boats

Homa Bay police say no official report has been made to them regarding the arrest of the six. [Standard]
Six Kenyan fishermen have been arrested by Ugandan authorities in Lake Victoria.

The fishermen who hail from Remba Island in Homa Bay County were arrested on Friday evening at about 7pm.

The fishermen were apprehended for allegedly trespassing into Ugandan water and taken to Hama Island in Uganda for detention.

Remba Beach Management Unit chairman Semekiah Mamra said the Ugandan authorities confiscated the fishermen's two fishing boats and fishing gears.

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"The security officials also snatched fish worth unknown value from the fishermen. They took all the fish which our colleagues had caught," Mamra said.

He has called on the Government to intervene and salvage the fishermen.

Mbita Sub County Police Commander Charles Mwangi said he is yet to receive an official report about the arrest.

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"I am yet to receive an official report but I have heard people talk about the incident," Mwangi said.

Early this week, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo and her Bondo counterpart Gideon Ochanda called on the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i to deploy security officers in Lake Victoria.

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Millie argued that Kenyan security officials do not patrol in the lake the way their Ugandan counterparts do.

 She said there was a need for the Government to purchase boats for patrolling in the lake to cushion fishermen from frustrations by pirates, Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities

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