Three Kenyan fishermen arrested in Uganda fined Ksh.35,000

Three Kenyan fishermen arrested in Uganda fined Ksh.35,000
File image of fishermen in Lake Victoria. PHOTO| COURTESY

Three Kenyan fishermen who were arrested at Yama Island in Uganda last Friday and their boats confiscated were released on Sunday after their families paid a total of Ksh.35,000 to Ugandan authorities.

Kibro Beach Management Unit chairperson Joel Maulidi confirmed the release of the fishermen.

The fishermen were on their daily fishing expedition in Lake Victoria when they were arrested and detained by Ugandan security officers who were patrolling the waters.

Meanwhile, the Migori fishing community continues to appeal to the Kenyan government to protect them from external aggression by officers from the neighbouring country.

Mr. Maulidi said they are exposed to a lot of harassment and torture from Ugandan and Tanzanian officers, noting that they are losing a lot of money on fines imposed by police from the neighboring countries.

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