Hundreds of fish have died in the troubled Lake Naivasha in controversial circumstances raising anxiety and fear among fishermen and stakeholders.
And as the mass deaths were reported all fingers are pointing to a group of Chinese fishermen who have been fishing in the lake in the last one year.
The most affected are immature fish which were found flouting near the shores of the lake along Kamere beach with fears that they could have been poisoned.
Following the move, irate fishermen raided Valley Breeze hotel where the foreign fishermen have been camping and confiscated their fishing equipment and boats.
At one time, armed police had to intervene and cordon the hotel from the fishermen who accused the management and the fishermen of killing the local fishing sector.
According to the chairman Lake Naivasha boat owners association Davdi Kilo, fishermen working around the beach spotted the floating dead fish and informed their colleagues.
He said the blame lay squarely with the county government which licensed the Chinese to fish using their equipments noting that this has seen a sharp drop in fish catch.
“This marks the darkest moment for Lake Naivasha as hundreds of fish have died and others could die due to the uncouth methods used by the so called investors,” he said.
Killo said that they could not stand back and watch adding that they had reported the issue to the necessary government agents adding that they were waiting for action.
“In all the years it’s the fishermen who have funded fish restocking and we are asking how the Chinese are allowed to fish using undersize and illegal nets,” said an irate Kilo.
Area MCA Peter Pallang’a condemned the move adding that he would raise the issue with the county assembly with a view of having the investors’ licenses cancelled.