Kenya has banned fishing activities off the coast near the Somalia border over security concerns.
Lamu County Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Kanyiri says all fishermen are prohibited from carrying out their activities in Ras Kamboni and any other areas past Kiunga town, all of which lay close to the Kenya-Somalia border.
In an exclusive interview with Lamu on Monday, Mr. Kanyiri reiterated that the ban on the fisherfolk is due to security reasons.
The county security boss said areas close to the border have had incidents of trafficking in contraband goods, drugs and people hence the need for citizens to keep off.
He added that there is tight security surveillance and that anyone found loitering in the no-go zones will be arrested.
Mr. Kanyiri, however, stated that the ban on night fishing in most parts of Lamu East has been lifted and that fishermen are free to carry on their activities day and night but not close to the border.
He also said “We’ve areas where small vessels can still do the fishing. It’s unfortunate that even the areas that the fishermen want to go are more turbulent. Our major concern is also that there might be trafficking in contraband goods, drug trafficking or even human trafficking taking place in the prohibited areas and we are working towards ending such activities.”
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