DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
authorities said Thursday they are efforting to bail out 109
Tanzanian fishermen arrested in Kenya over the weekend in
connection with illegal fishing.
according to media reports from Kenya, were arrested in Shimoni,
a fishing village near the border of the two neighboring
Adolf Mkenda, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, said Tanzania’s consulate
in the port city of Mombasa had already visited the fishermen
detained at Kwale Prison.
"Our embassy in Nairobi has sent an official communication to
the government of Kenya regarding the detained fishermen on how
to resolve the issue," said Mkenda.
"The fishermen are in a good condition according to our
consulate in Mombasa who paid them a visit in prison," said
Abdallah Ulega, Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Fisheries and
Livestock Development, said the fishermen were arrested in
accordance with the fishing laws of Kenya.
"When it comes to legal framework on fishing activities, each
country has its own laws.
"The government is aware of the arrested Tanzanian
fishermen," he said.
Ulega added: "We have engaged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and the police to see how we could handle the matter amicably."