Ugandan court slaps Kenyan fishermen Sh240,000 fine

Friday May 24 2019

Uganda has set free 24 Kenyan fishermen who

Uganda has set free 24 Kenyan fishermen who were arrested over alleged overfishing in Lake Victoria after slapping them with Sh240,000 fine. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GEORGE ODIWUOR
By GEORGE ODIWUOR
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Kenyan fishermen, who were arrested by Ugandan officers on accusations of overfishing in Lake Victoria earlier this week, have been set free.

The 24 fishermen were released on Thursday evening after paying fine.

They were charged in a Ugandan court early Thursday and were fined Sh30,000 per boat. A total of eight boats were seized by Ugandan officials. 

Homa Bay County Beach Management Unit Network chairperson Edward Oremo confirmed Friday that the owners of seven boats had paid their fines.

He said his team is intervening to ensure the owners of the eighth boat raise the fine.

The fishermen were arrested by security personnel from Uganda who were patrolling the lake, Homa Bay County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said.

The officers from Hama Island in Uganda also confiscated fishing gears, including nets and eight boats, belonging to the fishermen.

Kenyan officials said those arrested are from Suba North and Suba South in Homa Bay County.