Museveni defends Ugandan soldiers in Lake Victoria islands, argues 'his fish is being stolen'

He spoke following claims that Ugandan security forces were mistreating Kenyan fishermen

Speaking on Saturday where he and President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Busia one-stop border post, Museveni said he was forced to send Special Forces Command to the islands to protect the dwindling number of fish.

"The fish was getting finished. I had left the work of protecting the fish to the police and the Fisheries people but they failed. So I decided to use my bush tactics. Now I am told the fish numbers are growing again," he said.

He was responding to pleas from Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, who accused the Ugandan security forces of mistreating Kenyan fishermen.

"Some of them have been forced to eat raw fish," the governor claimed.

"We believe the open border will help the millionaire traders but there are smaller issues affecting the smaller traders and we may have to sit down and see how to solve it."

Museveni however accused the governor and the Samia community of "stealing his fish."

"These Samia People are eating the fingerlings and the Governor is keeping quiet about it," Mr Museveni said.

The head-of-state stated that he would hold talks with Mr Kenyatta and Tanzanian President John Magufuli to agree on a better way of managing the lake’s resources.


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