Lamu, KENYA: The county administration of Lamu has issued a new directive requiring all boat operators to operate only within a stipulated period of time.
Operators are now only expected to conduct their business between 5am to 11pm daily.
County commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said any operator who contravenes the new directive and is found outside the stated hours shall be arrested and promptly charged.
He said the continued operation of boast outside the given hours had greatly contributed to marine accidents being reported at sea in Lamu.
Speaking in his Lamu office on Tuesday,Kanyiri said the county administration was suspicious that those who conduct business beyond 11pm or before 5am were up to no good and that marine officers had been strictly instructed to arrest such people.
“I can’t comprehend where anyone can be going at 12am on the sea or even at 3am.We suspect that these boats are being used to peddle and traffic drugs and other crimes.From today any boast that shall be found outside the stipulated time shall be treated as suspect to such,”said Kanyiri.
Kanyiri also called on boat owners to ensure their vessels are dully registered with the Kenya Ports Authority-KPA in order to enable for ease of monitoring and also help to easily detect which boats are being used to conduct suspicious criminal or terror activities.
He also said there is need for boat owners to insure their vessels to enable them to be compensated in cases of accidents and other damages or losses on the vessel.