Six fishermen to be arraigned in Ugandan court

Over 100 fishermen from Nyan’gwina Beach of Nyatike Sub-County are living in fear after six of their colleagues were arrested on August 24, 2018 by Ugandan authorities.

The six who included a form four student, Frank Lucas of Kibuon secondary school were accused of illegal fishing in Ugandan waters.

They are said to have been abducted and taken to Buvuma Island where it is alleged that they were being tortured.

According to the father, Johanes Odendo, his son had gone fishing deep in the lake with other fishermen when they were arrested.

Reportedly, Ugandan soldiers later demanded S00, 000 to secure their release. After a lengthy negotiation a total sum of Sh66,000 was sent to them.

However, the Ugandan authorities declined to release the fishermen and instead remanded them, waiting to have them charged before court on this September 6.

This has elicited an uproar from Migori leadership led by Governor Okoth Obado who cautioned President Yoweri Museveni to stop frustrating Kenyan fishermen further asking Kenya government to protect its territories in Lake Victoria.

Source: Kenya News Agency