In Summary
  • The 12 were among 17 fishermen who were arrested before being taken to Riabana and Kalangala islands in Uganda.
  • Suba North OCPD Wilson Nanga said available information was that the fishermen had been released.
  • Edward Oremo called on Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to send marine police officers to Lake Victoria.

Twelve Kenyan fishermen who were still being held by Uganda security officials have been fined Sh20,000 each by a Kampala court.

The fishermen, who hail from Ringiti and Remba Islands in Suba North Sub-County, were arrested by Ugandan security agents last Monday and Sunday.

The twelve were among 17 fishermen who were arrested before being taken to Riabana and Kalangala islands in Uganda where they were detained.

But five of them were released on Wednesday after parting with Sh11,000 each.

The 12 were released Friday after they were arraigned in a Kampala court where they were fined Sh20,000 each.

However, the charges remained anonymous.

RELEASED

According to Suba North OCPD Wilson Nanga, the available information was that the fishermen had been released.

"I am informed that all of them have been released at the said fine by a court sitting in Kampala. The court has also ordered them to collect their boats and return to Kenya," said Mr Nanga.

He said he was not aware of the reasons why the fishermen were arrested adding that they fishing in Ugandan waters at the time of the arrest.

Kenyan fishermen in Lake Victoria raised complaints over persistent frustrations they undergo in the hands of Ugandan security personnel.

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