In Summary

  • He added that the IDs will enable security officers weed out criminals posing as fishermen.
  • Mr Seriani also lauded the Lamu fishermen for their concerted effort in ensuring they join beach management units.

The national government has started giving out special Identity Cards to fishermen in Lamu County, which will help enhance their safety as they fish in the Indian Ocean.

This comes days after the government lifted a five-year ban on night fishing that had been effected in 2011 following increased insecurity incidents.

Speaking to the Nation in Lamu, Operation Linda Boni Director James ole Seriani said all arrangements were in place to ensure that the more than 6,000 fishermen get the document.

"We have officially started the processes of issuing special IDs to fishermen in Lamu. We are targeting only high or deep sea fishermen.

"All this is to ensure security of the fishermen and the entire county.

"We expect the exercise to be completed in one month so that fishermen can now operate anywhere in the Lamu Indian Ocean shores using their new IDs," Mr Seriani said.

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