At least 30 Kenyan fishermen arrested by Ugandan officials


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.

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,”

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

This incident comes just a week after three Kenyan fishermen from Nyandiwa Beach in Suba South were arrested and detained on the same island by Ugandan security agents.They were later released after paying a collective fine of Sh30,000($300). The fishing community in Homa Bay has now called on the government to intervene to end the frequent arrests.