Kenya Coast Guard officers in Budalangi, Busia County have arrested one Ugandan soldier (UPDF) and three Ugandan civilians, who were clad in Ugandan army regalia, for harassing Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria.
The four, who are being held at the Port Victoria Police Station, who were identified as Tuanmariko Farham, who is the soldier, and Masereka Joseph, Peter Oboho and Mohammed Mwanje, will be presented to Busia Law courts for arraignment after their charge sheets are processed.
While addressing the press, Budalang'i OCPD Peterson Nyakundi said that after preliminary investigations they realized that the other three were just camouflaged in soldier regalia. He confirmed charges are being prepared and that the trio will be arraigned in court.
"Our Kenya Coast Guard officers were on Patrol due to the surge in cases of Kenyan fishermen being harassed by Ugandan Soldiers, who allegedly demand cash before freeing them. They managed to arrest four who were all in Ugandan Soldier regalia though after investigations it has been established that only one of them is a soldier," Nyakundi said.
"The charges are being prepared and they will be presented at Busia Law courts to be answerable to their misdeeds," Nyakundi added.
The police officers at Port Victoria recovered an AK-47 rifle from the Ugandan soldier and blunt objects.
Budalang'i MP Raphael Wanjala has called on the relevant authorities in Busia not to set the four free and instead present them to court for arraignment.