The fishmongers are also protesting the decision by Ugandan government authorities to impound goods in transit. They want relevant Uganda and Kenyan authorities to address the challenges they are facing to facilitate smooth trade between the two countries.
Some fishmongers in Busia County fish market in Kenya have halted the export of fish to the
Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC for fear of impounding their fish in Uganda.
The fishmongers say that they don’t
want to continue counting losses following the confiscation of five fish trucks at Mpondwe
border in Kasese district.
On October 3, 2021, Uganda Revenue Authority- URA and the Fisheries Protection Unit- FPU impounded five fish trucks destined
for the DRC on suspicion of transporting immature fish.
The fishmongers are also protesting the decision by Ugandan government authorities to
impound goods in transit.
They want relevant Uganda and Kenyan authorities to address the challenges they are facing to facilitate
smooth trade between the
Steven Wangira, a fishmonger and transporter, says that they have stocked more than 200 tons of fish meant for export to DRC
through Uganda but they fear that it
can be impounded.
Wangira says that Ugandan
security impounded his fish at Mpondwe
border last year, which is
contrary to the East African Community
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Ouma Ochieng, a fishmonger says that they wonder
why the cargo is cleared
at two border posts can be impounded.
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Milikisa Achieng, another fishmonger, says that he has stocked 12 sealed
boxes of fish because they want Uganda to first explain to them what they are supposed to do whenever
they enter Uganda other than
impounding their goods.
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Fishmongers whose trucks were impounded on
October 18th, 2021 sued the head of the FPU on Lake George and Edward, the Director of Fisheries Resources in Entebbe and
the Attorney General for illegally confiscating their trucks loaded with fish.
Deo Sentiba, the FPU Public Relations
Officer, says that they impounded the fish trucks when the drivers abandoned them at the
checkpoint at Mpondwe border.
He says that they obtained
a court order to break the seals since the owners didn’t
show up at their offices. He says that they found that the fish was
immature and most of it came from
Lake George in Uganda.