Kenyan ambassador abandons meeting after Ugandan authorities threaten to freeze Kenya’s fish business

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 19 Oct, 2021 18:39 | < 1 min read
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Kenyan fishermen at the Kenya-Uganda border.PHOTO/COURTESY

A Kenyan delegation abandoned a meeting with their Ugandan counterparts after failing to agree on the way forward after a consignment of fish from Kenya was impounded by Ugandan authorities. 

Led by ambassador Julius Kiema Kilonzo, the Kenyan delegation stomped out of the meeting chaired by the Uganda State Minister for Fisheries Hellen Adoa sighting alleged harassment from the neighboring country. 

“We are tired. Very tired,” one of the delegates from Kenya can be heard saying in a video published by NTV Uganda on Tuesday, October 19. 

Another delegate from Kenya stomped out of the meeting accusing Ugandan authorities of putting them through a loss-making venture. 

“Our consignment is rotting for over three weeks. You had an intention of selling our fish, you go ahead and do that,” the delegate can be heard saying. 

According to the Kenyan delegation, their Ugandan counterparts are feeding the State Minister for fisheries with lies meant to hurt Kenyan fishermen. 

“The information they are giving the State Minister for Fisheries is wrong. It’s totally wrong to claim that our fish is immature,” the delegate added. 

Four trucks of fish said to be immature were allegedly impounded by Ugandan authorities while en-route to the Democratic Republic of Congo from Kenya.