Tanzania says working to bail out fishermen detained in Kenya


Tanzanian authorities said Thursday they are efforting to bail out 109 Tanzanian fishermen arrested in Kenya over the weekend in connection with illegal fishing.

The fishermen, according to media reports from Kenya, were arrested in Shimoni, a fishing village near the border of the two neighboring countries.

Adolf Mkenda, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, said Tanzania’s consulate in the port city of Mombasa had already visited the fishermen detained at Kwale Prison.

“Our embassy in Nairobi has sent an official communication to the government of Kenya regarding the detained fishermen on how to resolve the issue,” said Mkenda.

“The fishermen are in a good condition according to our consulate in Mombasa who paid them a visit in prison,” said Mkenda.

Abdallah Ulega, Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Development, said the fishermen were arrested in accordance with the fishing laws of Kenya.

“When it comes to legal framework on fishing activities, each country has its own laws. The government is aware of the arrested Tanzanian fishermen,” he said.

Ulega added: “We have engaged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the police to see how we could handle the matter amicably.” Enditem

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