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Uhuru asked to talk to Magufuli after Tanzania asks TSh26 million to release 36 Kenyans

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Tension between Kenya and Tanzania

Nyatike MP Tom Odege has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma to intervene in a case where 36 Kenyan fishermen have been held in a Tanzanian jail.

Odege raised in matter, saying the 36 fishermen from Homa Bay county were arrested and detained since November 5.

 

Remba Island

They were arraigned before a Tanzanian court which demanded a cash bail of Sh1.2 million (26 million Tanzanian Shillings).

"Mr Speaker, I want to know whether the CS is aware that several Kenyans have been arrested on Lake Victoria under unclear circumstances. I also want to know what steps the ministry put in place to end the continued harassment and detention of Kenyan citizens," Odege told Parliament.

The arrested fishermen come from Remba Island in Suba North, and are held at Sota Beach in Tanzania.

 

Their colleagues have complained that the Tanzanian authorities also forcefully took away fishing gear worth millions.

The MP has also called on the CS and the President to give Kenyans an update of the negotiations between Kenya and Uganda over the ownership of Migingo Island.

In the past two years, Kenya has been involved in several diplomatic rows with its neighbor Tanzania – mainly over petty squabbles relating to trade.

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