Kenyan fishermen freed after paying Sh540,000 fine

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Eighteen Kenyan fishermen, who were arrested by Tanzanian authorities in Lake Victoria, have been freed after paying KSh540,000 fine.

The fishermen were arrested at Mugabo and taken to Sota Beach in Tanzania where they were detained for five days.

They each parted with Sh30,000 to secure their release early Wednesday.

Kibro Beach Management Unit Chairman John Mauli said two boats belonging to the fishers are still being held by the Tanzanian authorities.

Following the incident, dozens of fishermen staged protests at Kibro Beach accusing the Kenyan authorities of failing to enhance patrols in the lake, despite complaints of harassment from neighbouring countries.