|Fresh Sardine (omena) traders from Muhuru Bay, Migori County have today protested what they termed harassment and exploitation from revenue officers.|
The traders said they have had to be taxed twice or multiple times to transfer their sardines from Migori to Nairobi.
According to Jack Kisanko, fisherman , the revenue officers intercept the traders at various toll stations and impose hefty penalties on them failure to which they tow the vehicles to the w nearest police station.
Kisanko explained that they usually part with as high as Ksh. 80,000 to be freed from the shackles of impunity.
The traders claimed that they are traced to the market place where the revenue and security officers confiscate their fish claiming they are imports the neighboring countries.
Hevron Mahira, the member of the county assembly representing Muhuru ward said Kenyan fishermen have endured a lot of pain and suffering in the hands of security officers and it high time the government found a lasting solution.
The MCA added that the East African Legislative assembly should not only prioritize issues of marine safety and security but also protect cross border traders from manipulation.
By LTN Reporter