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NAIROBI TO ENHANCE SURVEILLANCE OF LAKE VICTORIA TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS WITH UGANDA

SIAYA, KENYA-- The Kenyan government is set to enhance surveillance in and around Lake Victoria as it seeks to find a long-lasting solution to perennial conflicts between Kenyan fishermen and Ugandan security forces, says Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Fred Matiang'i.

A multi-agency security team has been set up to ensure that Kenyans working on Lake Victoria do not suffer anymore at the hands of criminals or foreign forces. Kenya has a six per cent share of of Africa's largest lake with Uganda having 45 per cent and Tanzania 49 per cent.

The issue of Kenyans being harassed in the lake must be dealt with once and for all. You'll see an increased presence of security agents in the area to ensure the safety of Kenyans, said Matiang'i when he held talks in this capital of Siaya County in western Kenya with security and political leaders on Monday.

He was accompanied by the Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Joseph Boinett.

The Minister added that the government would employ a multi-faceted approach which involve regular engagements with the Ugandan government to avert any diplomatic tiff over the island of Migingo in the lake.

Matiang'i said enhanced security surveillance in the lake will also help address the issue of smuggling of contraband goods and illicit drugs through the porous lake border points.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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