ELISHA OTIENO in Kisumu
The East African Community wants the dispute
between Kenya and Uganda over
the Migingo island to be sorted by
the two countries amicably.
"We cannot say anything on this.
Migingo is a political issue which we hope
can be resolved by the two countries
amicably," she told reporters.
Kenyan and Ugandan leaders had agreed
during the 10th EAC heads of state summit in April
to await findings by experts assigned to find out
the truth on the disputed borderline.
Ms Kiraso was briefing journalists on joint
military exercises in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and
Tanga regions which started near Arusha
Soldiers from all five member states of
the community, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda,
Tanzania and Uganda, are taking part.
The journalists had wondered if the military
manoeuvres, to involve nearly
1,600 military personnel, would truly reflect the spirit
of EA unity with two member states
almost at "war" over the small island.
Meanwhile, daily fish harvests from Migingo Island
have dropped from ten to five tonnes,
according to fisheries officials.
The row over the island's ownership was now
affecting the operations of
fish processing plants in Nyanza.
Most of them were now operating only
once a week due to lack of Nile Perch,
said Mr Simon Munguti,
the Migori District Fisheries Officer.
On Sunday, Ugandan marine police directed
Kenyan fishermen and traders to stop
discussing ownership of the island in public.
Businesses on the island now display the portrait
of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
A few Kenyans who tried to display
the portraits of President Kibaki
and Mr Odinga were harassed and forced
to remove them from the walls.
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