Kenya: Ban Fish From Tanzania and Somalia, Lamu Group Tells Kenyatta

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Fishermen in Lamu County want President Uhuru Kenyatta to ban the sale of fish in Kenya by their counterparts from Somalia and Tanzania.

The call is by at 6,000 fishermen from Kiunga and Ishakani on the border of Lamu and Somalia. Others are from Mkokoni, Kiwayu, Ndau, Faza, Kizingitini and Pate – all in Lamu East – as well as Kipungani, Shella, Matondoni and Lamu Old Town in Lamu West.

DWINDLING SECTOR

The fishers said it is time the government took the bold step of banning their counterparts from the two countries as they have invaded the local market.

They said salvation is needed as the sector is dwindling.

Led by Lamu East Fishermen Association chairman, Mohamed Ali, they noted that the invasion has left them without a market.

“There is need for measures to be taken to stop Somalia and Tanzania fishermen from selling their fish in our market,” Mr Ali said.

“We forced to sell our fish produce at very low prices because they are always competing with us. The president recently banned the importation of fish from China. Let him to also think of introducing rules that will prohibit foreign fishermen from invading and swarming Kenyan markets so as to save our dwindling fishing sector.”

Fishermen in Lamu County want President Uhuru Kenyatta to ban the sale of fish in Kenya by their counterparts from Somalia and Tanzania.

The call is by at 6,000 fishermen from Kiunga and Ishakani on the border of Lamu and Somalia. Others are from Mkokoni, Kiwayu, Ndau, Faza, Kizingitini and Pate – all in Lamu East – as well as Kipungani, Shella, Matondoni and Lamu Old Town in Lamu West.

DWINDLING SECTOR

The fishers said it is time the government took the bold step of banning their counterparts from the two countries as they have invaded the local market.

They said salvation is needed as the sector is dwindling.

Led by Lamu East Fishermen Association chairman, Mohamed Ali, they noted that the invasion has left them without a market.

“There is need for measures to be taken to stop Somalia and Tanzania fishermen from selling their fish in our market,” Mr Ali said.

“We forced to sell our fish produce at very low prices because they are always competing with us. The president recently banned the importation of fish from China. Let him to also think of introducing rules that will prohibit foreign fishermen from invading and swarming Kenyan markets so as to save our dwindling fishing sector.”