-- Kenya’s fisheries officials and
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) on
Wednesday launched investigations into the mysterious deaths of
fish in Lake Naivasha.
This came as the fisheries
department in the ministry of agriculture and livestock
development ruled out poisoning for the deaths of hundreds of
fish which was first reported over the weekend.
On Sunday, fishermen accused a group of Chinese from Valley
Breeze hotel of poisoning the lake leading to the mass deaths.
But speaking after visiting the affected part of the lake,
Nakuru County Director of Fisheries Mathew Ngila noted that the
deaths had stopped.
He pointed an accusing finger at some fishermen for the
crisis, adding that there was business rivalry between the
Chinese investor and the local fishermen.
"We have visited the affected area with experts from KEMFRI
and there are no signs of poisoning as claimed by the local
fishermen," he said.
Ngila however noted that investigations into the deaths would
continue and challenged the fishermen who had evidence of
poisoning to work with them.
The director defended the Chinese investor, adding that his
ability to attract tens of foreign visitors to the hotel and
offer boat rides had led to the business rivalry.
"The group of Chinese in the lake is licensed to do spot
fishing and the maximum number of fish that they can harvest on
a single day is five," he said.
Ngila revisited the ban on night fishing, adding that any
fisherman found flouting the directive would have his license
"The ban will stand as we have lost a lot of fishermen while
fishing in the lake and we are calling on the fishermen to work
with us on this issue," he said.
This came as the department of public health joined in the
investigations following the deaths of the fish in the troubled
According to Nakuru County Public health officer Samuel
King’ori, officers from the department had also visited the lake
following the reports.
He termed the deaths as very serious and sensitive, noting
that hundreds of people relied on fish products from the water
body on daily basis.
"The number of fish consumed in the lake is very high and we
want to make sure that it’s safe for human consumption," he