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Ugandan police frustrating us, say Kenyan fishermen

Unattended boats parking at Dunga beach in Kisumu on June 30,2016.Many fishermen have shied away from fishing due to the scarcity of dish in Lake Victoria. (Photo: Denish Ochieng/ Standard)

Kenyan fishermen on islands in Lake Victoria have accused Ugandan police of unlawfully arresting them. Those in Ringiti, Remba, Kiwa, Migingo, Mfangano, and Takawiri islands said this was to stop them from fishing in the lake.

 Sienga Beach Management Unit chairman Michael Ochieng’ complained that Kenyan security officials were not doing anything to protect them.

“We appeal to our security personnel to come to our rescue. We are suffering at the hands of Ugandan security officials,” said Ochieng’.

 He said those arrested are forced to pay between Sh10,000 and Sh20,000 before they are released.

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