Meeting seeks to end Kenya-Uganda border rows on Lake Victoria

Thursday June 28 2018

Ringiti Island

Ringiti Island. Kenyan and Ugandan authorities have resolved to end perennial disputes on Lake Victoria boundaries. PHOTO | BARACK ODUOR | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GAITANO PESSA
By GAITANO PESSA
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Kenyan and Ugandan authorities have resolved to end perennial disputes on Lake Victoria boundaries. On Tuesday, a regional meeting that brought together security heads from Siaya and Busia counties, Uganda, and from Beach Management Units (BMUs) of the two countries, made 10 resolutions that take effect immediately.

The Kenyan delegation was led by Busia County Commissioner Jacob Narengo, his Siaya counterpart Michael Tialal and BMUs from the two counties, led by Mr Tom Guda, chairman of Lake Victoria BMU Network (a lobby that promotes fishermen's welfare).

Recently, Mr Narengo and Mr Tialal swapped stations after a visit by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in Busia.

The Uganda side was represented by Busia Resident District Commissioner Hussein Matanda, Fisheries Protectorate Unit Commandant Joseph Sebukira and several security personnel.

RESOLVE MINOR CONFLICTS

Mr Narengo said the meeting resolved that fishermen from the two countries should use their associations to resolve minor conflicts.