Tension was high on Saturday at the disputedÂ Migingo after Ugandan security forces lowered a Kenyan flag at the island
Although Kenyan security organs downplayed the situation, residents and fishermen who have been perpetually harassed by UgandanÂ policeÂ said their businesses have been shut down
Although Kenyan security organs downplayed the situation, residents and fishermen who have been perpetually harassed by UgandanÂ policeÂ said their businesses have been shut down.
â€œWhen the KenyanÂ policeÂ tried to raise the flag on Wednesday, it was pulled down by the UgandanÂ policeÂ who warned them against trying to raise it again,â€ said Ochieng.
He said they were being harassed by the Ugandan forces.Â
â€œWe do not understand why the government is silent on this issue,â€ he said.
Migingo Island on August 9, 2018. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]
MigingoÂ Beach Management unit chairman John Obunge said they had raised the matter with authorities.
However, Migori CountyÂ PoliceÂ Commandant Joseph Nthenge dismissed the claims. â€œOur officers at the island have not reported the incident,â€ he said.
Last week, Nyatike MP Tom Odege accused the government of failing to end the dispute that started in 2004.
â€œUgandan forces continue to make arbitrary arrests of Kenyan fishermen andÂ policeÂ officers, yet the government remains silent,â€ he said. Senate Minority Leader James Orengo said theÂ MigingoÂ row should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration.
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