36 Kenyan fishermen still in custody in Tanzania, Gov’t blamed


36 Kenyan fishermen still in custody in Tanzania, Gov't blamed
Fishermen fishing. Photo/FILE

In Summary

  • The government has failed to protect its citizens from external aggression.
  • Mahira accused the government of giving a deaf ear to the fishermen's grievances even after many cases of torture and exploitation have been reported.
  • The leaders are now calling on the government to act and help secure the freedom of the fishermen and their 8 boats detained in Tanzania.

A section of leaders from Migori County are now faulting the Kenyan government for failing to provide security to the fishermen operating in Lake Victoria.

This follows the arrest of 36 people by Tanzania authorities on Sunday November 4, for alleged trespass.

The fishermen from Muhuru Bay in Migori County are still in custody after failing to raise Ksh.1.2 million bail demanded by the Tanzania authority to secure their freedom.

According to Muhuru ward representative Hevron Mahira, the government has failed to protect its citizens from external aggression.

Mahira accused the government of giving a deaf ear to the fishermen’s grievances even after many cases of torture and exploitation have been reported.

The ward representative argued that the fishermen operating at Lake Victoria deserve help from the government because they contribute significantly to the economy of the country.

The leaders are now calling on the government to act and help secure the freedom of the fishermen and their eight boats detained in Tanzania.

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