Uganda, Kenya Agree on Joint Patrols To Fight Piracy

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Uganda and Kenyan authorities have agreed to carry out joint patrols along the shores of Lake Victoria in a bid to reduce cases of piracy.

Uganda and Kenyan authorities have agreed to carry out joint patrols along the shores of Lake Victoria in a bid to reduce cases of piracy.

This follows increased cases of piracy along the shores of Lake Victoria during the past three months especially around the disputed Migingo islands.

Security personnel have impounded over 200 bows, arrows and spears during the last one month and it is believed that the items are used by pirates to rob people of their belongings especially boat engines, mobile phones and money .

The Namayingo resident district commissioner, Joram Mayatsa who led the Ugandan delegation to the talks held October 10th on Migingo islands, said the joint patrols between the two countries will help improve on the deteriorating security situation along the lake shores.

The joint border patrols are to begin November.

Mayatsa urged fishermen residing on Migingo Island to be vigilant by reporting cases of suspected pirates to relevant security personnel for action. He appealed to them on the disputed Island to ensure they avoid conflicts as the demarcation exercise is still being conducted.

The commissioner for Nyatike district, Allan Odhiambo who led the Kenyan delegation to the talks asked the Ugandan officials to hold more talks aimed at resolving conflicts between the two countries.  

Odhiambo said the presence of the Kenyan security personnel on Ugingo islands just next to the Migingo is not aimed at disrupting the ongoing process of demarcation exercise to establish the location of Migingo.

The locals asked government set up a committee investigate the source of revenue collected from charges imposed on each container of fish from the island.

According to the chairman Migingo Island beach management unit, Joseph Nsubuga over 2.4 million shillings is collected daily from the 500 containers of fish that leave the island heading to different parts of Kenya but the money simply disappears in the hands of a few individuals involved in the collection of revenue in form of taxes.

 

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