Mombasa,KENYA:Inspector general of Police Joseph Boinett has denied claims by a section of NASA MPs that Ugandan policee are harassing Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria right on Kenyan territory.
Speaking at the Mombasa port during the launch of police surveillance motor boats, Boinett said that Kenyans who have been arrested by Ugandan police may have been arrested because of contravening the Ugandan laws.
“It is not true that its only Kenyans are arrested for infringing the laws, if you go to Ugandan waters and infringe the laws , you are bound to be arrested.” Boinett told reporters.
17 Kenyan fishermen are being detained by Ugandan police officers after being arrested fishing near the Remba Island of Lake Victoria on Monday evening.
However a section of MP’s from the Lake Victoria region have claimed that the fishermen were fishing on Kenyan waters.
Led by the Suba North Member of parliament Millie Odhiambo, the MPs claimed that the government had neglected the calls of fishermen from Kenya.
“This is about internal security from Kenya, we don’t want to call them policemen , they could be thugs in police uniform” Suba South MP John Mbadi told reporters in Nairobi.
Boinett said some of the boats that have been procured with assistance from the South Korean government would be taken to Lake Victoria to monitor security at the Lake.
The boats launch include two dingies and four motor boats.