Tanzanian gov’t demanding Ksh1M to release 36 Kenyan fishermen


Tanzanian gov’t demanding Ksh1M to release 36 Kenyan fishermen
Fishing boats. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The neighbouring country is also asking for Ksh.200,000 for each of the ten boats seized during the operation.
  • This comes barely two months after six other fishermen were arrested, detained and arraigned before Tanzania court where they were released after paying Ksh.37 000 each.
  • Migori County police boss Joseph Nthenge said they are following up on the matter to establish why the fishermen were arrested.

Tanzanian security officials have reportedly demanded Ksh.1.3 million to free 36 Kenyan fishermen arrested and detained on Sunday, November 4, 2018 for alleged trespassing.

The neighbouring country is also asking for Ksh.200,000 for each of the ten boats seized during the operation on Lake Victoria.

This comes barely two months after six other fishermen were arrested, detained and arraigned before Tanzania court where they were released after paying Ksh.37,000 each.

Speaking to Radio Ramogi, Muhuru Ward Beach Management Unit Chairman Tobias Mragire accused the Tanzanian officials of being cruel towards Kenyan fishermen, adding that they have been met with unnecessary hostility and now want intervention from the Kenyan government.

Nyatike Member of Parliament Tom Odege also appealed to top government security officials to help in securing the release of the 36 fishermen from Migori County, further challenging the East African community countries to get long lasting solutions to border issues.

Mr. Odege said harassment meted against Kenyans in Lake Victoria is watering down the good relationship which East African countries have enjoyed for a long time.

Migori County police boss Joseph Nthenge said they are following up on the matter to establish why the fishermen were arrested.

Mr. Nthenge also urged Kenyan fishermen to stop trespassing into the Tanzanian waters saying those culpable will be subjected to the Tanzania laws.

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