Saturday, 27 February 2010

Tz gets aid to curb piracy on Lake Victoria

From East African Business Week, Dar es Salaam

Lake Victoria waters could become a safer body to work on following the financial assistance of $4m to build a marine police training facility and provision of patrol boats.

The Government announced it had received the assistance to help curb piracies and lawlessness in the lake which is the source of livelihood to millions of East Africans who depend on its resources.
The announcement said the USA has offered to build a college in Mwanza city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria.

There have been hundreds of acts of piracy on fishermen in the lake as 'war lords' have virtually declared 'independence' on some of the lake's islands wreaking havoc to fishermen.

Fishermen often report of being robbed of their outboard engines, fishing gear and boats as well as fish catches to hoodlums on the lake.

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