In Summary
  • Six Kenyan fishermen arrived in the country on Sunday, February 10, 201 after spending three months in a Tanzania police cell.
  • The fishermen were detained at Musoma Police Station for alleged illegal fishing on the Tanzania side using forbidden tools.
  • The fishermen parted with Sh200,000 to secure their freedom.
  • Officials now claim Tanzania and Uganda security officers have taken to extorting Kenyan fishermen, using arrests as means to get their money.

Six Kenyan fishermen who were arrested and charged by the Tanzanian government for over three months have been released after paying a Sh200,000 fine.

On Sunday, the fishermen arrived at Kanyakire beach in Nyatike Sub County on a boat from Sota beach in Tanzania.

The six were detained following their arrest for allegedly fishing on Tanzania’s Lake Victoria side using illegal fishing gears.

“We have suffered for long, at last we are free. We were arrested by Tanzania security officers who were patrolling the lake at night of November 5, 2018, accusing us of crossing the boundary and using illegal fishing gears in the Lake,” said Mr Jared Okoth.

'TORTURED'

The fishermen recounted their ordeal in the hands of Tanzanian officers at Musoma Police Station, where they claimed they were often denied food, flogged and forced to eat raw fish.

“We were forced to spend a night or a day without food. On some days, were forced to eat raw fish. It was really hard living in the Tanzanian cell. We are happy to come back home today,” said Mr Okoth.

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