COMBATING COVID-19

Uganda border closure hurting business, say Busia fishermen

Officials say boats cannot go deeper into Lake Victoria waters because Ugandan authorities will arrest them

In Summary

Want Uhuru to liaise with Ugandan counterpart Museveni to demarcate boundary

Fishermen in Lake Victoria
Fishermen in Lake Victoria
Image: GILBERT OCHIENG

 

Businesses at Kenyan beaches in Budalang'i and Funyula in Busia have been disrupted by the closure of the Kenya-Uganda border.

 

President Yoweri Museveni last week ordered the border closed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

On Wednesday, fishermen said the closure means they can't cast their fishing nets into deeper waters because Ugandan security officials will arrest them.

Beach management unit chairman Stephen Musee said beaches usually attracted about 5,000 traders every day but the closure of markets and gatherings have left them with no business.

He asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to liaise with Museveni to identify the maritime boundaries of the two countries so Kenyan fishermen cannot trespass into Uganda’s territorial waters.

BMU secretary Omondi Ndeke said they have ensured all boats have sanitizers in line with the directives issued by the Ministry of Health.