Marine police deployed to Todonyang over insecurity
Updated Wednesday, August 21st 2013 at 13:41 GMT +3
TURKANA, KENYA: The Kenya Marine police have been deployed to Todonyang border point along Lake Turkana to contain Merille militia threats on Kenya â Ethiopia border.
Turkana Police commander Emmanuel Karisa said the police unit will patrol the area to ward off Ethiopian Merille militia who recently killed 11 fishermen in Lake Turkana and stole five boats and fishing gears.
The Police commander said the officers will set up base in Todonyang.
âThey will be permanently based there to deal with Merille militia who have continued to threaten peace in the region," Karisa said.
For the last two weeks, the heavily armed militias have crossed to the countryâs border and took 90 percent control of Lake Turkana and dominated fishing activities in the area after they sent locals fleeing for their safety.
Karisa said the marine police will also carry out their security surveillance along Lake Turkana to curb illegal incursion by the militia into Lake Turkana.
Turkana North DC Eric Wanyonyi said the Merille militias had encroached more than 14 km inside Kenyan territory at the river Omo delta in the lake where there are abundant fish stocks.
âWe will soon flush them out from Kenyan territory.We cannot condone armed foreigners crossing into the country to displace locals and take control of Lake Turkana resources," Wanyonyi said.
The DC said they had also contacted Ethiopian authorities to restrain its people from crossing to Kenya borders with arms.
"We have made it clear to them that they should not blame us for any consequences arising from these illegal incursions," he added.
The administrator noted that the Merille militias have occupied Kenyan territory citing Lopeilele and Apalokwang deltas which lies inside Kenyan borders.
Their days are numbered, we will soon flush them out from Kenyan waters.Infact where the militia have occupied is a fishing breeding zone which they have interfered with," Wanyonyi lamented.
Turkana North legislator Christopher Nakuleu accused the Ethiopian authorities of allegedly arming the Militia to take control of Lake Turkana resources.
We know these rogue Merille militia are being armed by Ethiopian authorities to kill Kenyan fishermen and displace them from their homes so that they dominate fishing activities a cross Lake Turkana," he claimed.