Kenya needs to fork out over a million Kenyan shilling in order to secure the release of close to 40 Kenyans currently held in Tanzania.
Tanzanian security officials have reportedly demanded Ksh.1.3 million ($13,000) to free 36 Kenyan fishermen arrested and detained on Sunday, for alleged trespassing into its territorial waters.
According to media reports, Tanzania is also asking for Sh200,000 for each of the ten boats seized during the operation on Lake Victoria.
Speaking to a local radio station, Radio Ramogi, Muhuru Ward Beach Management Unit Chairman Tobias Mragire accused the Tanzanian officials of cruelty towards the Kenyan fishermen, adding that they have been met with unnecessary hostility and now want intervention from the Kenyan government.
Nyatike Member of Parliament Tom Odege has appealed to top government security officials to help in securing the release of the 36 fishermen from Migori County. He challenged the East African community countries to get long lasting solutions to address border issues.
The legislator warned that the arrests and harassment was watering down the good relationship between East African Community member countries which has been cultivated for a long time.
The arrests come barely two months after six Kenyan fishermen were arrested, detained and arraigned before a Tanzanian court and had to cough up Ksh.37,000 each to secure their release.
Migori County police boss Joseph Nthenge said they are following up on the matter to establish why the fishermen were arrested.
Mr. Nthenge urged Kenyan fishermen to stop trespassing into the Tanzanian waters adding that those culpable will be subjected to the Tanzania laws.