Uganda police chief Kale Kayihura and his Kenyan counterpart Joseph Boinnet have formed a Joint Task Force to deal with problems affecting the people of Migingo Island.
The two police chiefs, in a statement, identified some of the problems as illegal fishing, smuggling of goods and terror threats.
In the joint communique, the police chiefs said after meetings at Migingo island and Muhuru Bay in Migori county, they agreed to form a joint task force of technical personnel from the two sides to enhance security at the island.
They will do joint deployments, joint operations, arms control, communication, crime management and community policing.
They also called for enhancement of border security beyond Migingo island to address contemporary trans-national crime.
The police officers deployed at the island were tasked to enforce the law without favour of discrimination on basis of nationality.
The fishing communities were urged to adhere to the law of the respective countries.
“They want to use fishing nets which are not allowed. They want to avoid paying taxes when it is due. Basically not following the law and that obviously cannot be allowed. You want to fish, do it according to the law. If you want to engage in any kind of trade anywhere you cannot do it without following the law,” reads the statement in parts.
The number of police officers deployed to the island by each state will not exceed 12 although there is need for a marine police.
“Police officers in liaison with the local leaders should ensure that all residents in the island are registered to avoid infiltration by criminals. There also needs to be a review the composition of either force on the island to include marine police,” read the statement.
The Kenya and Uganda police bosses last week made a surprise visit to the disputed Migingo Island in Lake Victoria.