Tension is high at the disputed Migingo Island, Ugandan security officers evicting Tanzanian citizens from the area.
A source at the Island has revealed that more than 200 Tanzanians are stranded after the eviction that is likely to ruin diplomatic relations between the two East African countries.
They are sheltering at a nearby island, 50 metres from Migingo, where the Kenyan security and Fisheries base is located.
“The harassment of Tanzanian citizens by Ugandan police has been rife for the last three months. The Ugandan police say Migingo Island belongs to Uganda and that Tanzanians are unwelcome,” the source who sought anonymity for security reasons said.
The source disclosed that Ugandan authorities began the evictions after Tanzanian fisheries authorities halted the patrol in Lake Victoria especially areas around Migingo for sometime to sort out some issues.
“The Ugandan police are at the Island seem to be more powerful than their Kenyan counterparts and cannot to anything,” the source said.
The disputed island is manned by a joint security team from Kenya and Uganda. Migingo Island is inhabited by Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians and South Sudan citizens engaging in fishing where the surrounding waters is rich with Nile Perch.