Uganda Police Spokesperson AIGP Kaweesi told this website earlier today that the reports carried that the special Forces Command was taking charge of Migingo Islands by the media were fueling tension and were bound to breed bad blood between Uganda and Kenya. He noted that the police only transferred police officers after reports that the ones on the island had developed indiscipline.
Uganda Police Spokesperson AIGP Kaweesi told this site earlier today that the reports carried that the special Forces Command was taking charge of Migingo Islands by the media were fueling tension and were bound to breed bad blood between Uganda and Kenya. He noted that the police only transferred police officers after reports that the ones on the island had developed indiscipline.
“I told Journalists on Monday that we had changed our police which was deployed at Migingo Islands because the officers who were there had become indisciplined to which we took there other people. And this means that law and order will be maintained by Uganda Police in partnership with our Kenyan counterparts. The marine brigade of UPDF will only be in charge of activities carried out on water. The news published that SFC had taken charge has brought tension on the Island and it has been interpreted as if there we are preparing to wage war on Kenya which is not true,” AIGP Felix Kaweesi Police Spokesman.
Kaweesi added that police has not been withdrawn from the island since it will be handing law breaking cases. He however noted that the marines’ brigade unit of UPDF will be in charge of all case related to water such as fishing.
SFC spokesperson Maj Chris Magezi, is reported to have previously said that SFC was only going to be part of the UPDF marine force that shall be deployed on all Ugandan national waters to combat illegal fishing as directed by President Museveni while in Masindi on NRM Liberation Day and recently in Apac District.
Adding that the directive of the president was being misinterpreted by the media.
The dispute flared in 2008 after then Kenyan leader Mwai Kibaki demanded that Uganda leaves.
A joint border demarcation team set up by the two countries in 2009 has since failed to resolve the dispute. Security on the island has been overseen by Uganda with a small presence of Kenya police.
Uganda’s claim to the island is based on the provisions of the Uganda Constitution and the 1926 British Order in Council that demarcated the boundary.
Kenya’s on the other hand is based on the 1926 British Order in Council and mostly sentimental reasons, among which is the islands are nearer to Kenya than Uganda and that the occupants are Luo of Kenya.
Kaweesi added that;
“UPDF was given a mandate to take charge of illigal fishing on our lakes and they will be led by a former SFC commando called Nuwagaba. However it is not SFC that will be doing the mandate but rather UPDF marine brigade. This doesnt mean that police will leave the Island as media had reported.”