UGANDA, KENYA REACH DEAL ON FISHING RIGHTS FOR KENYAN FISHERMEN ON LAKE VICTORIA

KAMPALA, July 22 — The Kenyan and Ugandan governments have struck a deal which will see Kenyan fishermen operating freely in Ugandan waters near the Kenyan island of Migingo, a rocky outcrop in Lake Victoria, which is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

According to Kenya’s Standard newspaper, under the deal, Ugandan security personnel will also be allowed to cross over to Kenya shores of the lake to obtain food and medical supplies in a move expected to help reduce tension over territorial dispute over the island.

Speaking from the island, the commissioner of Kenya’s Nyatike Sub-county, James Namtala, said the agreement was reached after a joint meeting of senior government and security personnel from both Kenya and Uganda.

“We are glad that we have found a solution to this problem. Our fishermen will now be able to go on with their activities without fear of arrest,” he said.

The leaders also agreed to have a joint Beach Management Unit (BMU), which will have officials from both Kenya and Uganda as opposed to the current set up where each country has its own officials.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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