The two Ugandan policemen arrested in Busia this morning for trespassing have been freed by Kenyan authorities, unconditionally.
The two have been released following a lengthy meeting between security officers from the two countries at the Busia Police Station.
Busia County Commissioner Jacob Narengo and Uganda Resident District Commissioner Hussein Matanda who received the officers on behalf of Ugandan government led the talks that hastened their release.
“The two, alongside a driver, entered the country armed against the law. The action we took was to disarm and put them in custody. We have since established that the fish they were pursuing had already met tax obligations,” said Mr Narengo.
Mr Matanda lauded Kenyan authorities for handling the situation professionally and accepting to release the suspects.
“This is a crime committed by individual officers and not aggression from Ugandan government. Our subject of investigation will focus on why they crossed to Kenya armed while there are options they could have employed, including seeking help to intercept those they were pursuing,” he said.
He said the working relationship between the two countries is good having been firmed by cross-border commissioners’ forum.
“By the time they were intercepted they had left Uganda territory and crossed into Kenya having bypassed two gates armed with two riffles with four magazines which had 185 rounds of ammunition.”
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