In Summary
  • The fishermen are said to be detained in Hama Island after they were arrested by URA officials.
  • County BMU Chairman Edward Oremo said URA officials also confiscated nets and 10 fishing boats.
  • Homa Bay County Commissioner Harman Shambi confirmed the arrests.

At least 30 Kenyan fishermen are reportedly being detained in Uganda after they were arrested while fishing in Lake Victoria on Saturday.

The fishermen are said to be detained in Hama Island after they were arrested by officials from the Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA).

It is not clear why they were taken to the island.

But Beach Management Unit (BMU) officials in Homa Bay County believe the fishermen might have illegally crossed the boundary between Kenya and Uganda.

EQUIPMENT SEIZED

County BMU Chairman Edward Oremo said URA officials also confiscated nets and 10 fishing boats.

“The Ugandans also took their fish. They were all escorted to Uganda where they were locked up,” he said.

The fishermen were from various beaches in Suba North and Suba South sub-counties.

Mr Oremo reported that URA officers conducted a raid in Sare and Kiwa beaches in Suba South and confiscated five boats.

They arrested 15 fishermen from the two areas.

He added that the officers proceeded further to Suba North where they arrested 15 more fishermen and confiscated five other boats.

STATEMENT

Homa Bay County Commissioner Harman Shambi confirmed the arrests.

He said on Sunday that his office was yet to get a comprehensive statement on why the fishermen were arrested.

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