The Socio-Economic Life of Fisher Communities Living on the Migingo Island of Lake Victoria


  • Florence Namuswa Were M.A. (History) Student, Department of Social Science Education, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya
  • James Runaku Lecturer, Department of Social Science Education, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya
  • Henry Onzere Chavasu Lecturer, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya



Lake Victoria, Migingo, Nature, Sense of Ownership, Socio-Economic


Using a qualitative methodology and a descriptive research design, this study examined the socioeconomic conditions of Migingo Island in 1991. Theories of liberalism and power informed the study through the use of phenomenological techniques, such as focus groups, oral interviews, archived materials, and secondary data. The results show that the socioeconomic dynamics of Migingo Island are related to geopolitical issues, including the territorial conflicts between Kenya and Uganda. The fishing sector fosters economic cooperation, but it also raises challenges related to cleanliness and congestion. The study promotes inclusive approaches that involve local stakeholders in order to guarantee sustainable development in the area. Based on the findings, the study recommended that clear governance and jurisdiction agreements be established to alleviate tensions. Furthermore, investment in basic services like education and healthcare is essential for human development. Involving local stakeholders in community-driven solutions and promoting diplomatic conflict resolution could help foster stability and sustainable development. Addressing these issues is vital for the well-being of Migingo Island and its residents, while also reflecting larger geopolitical concerns.


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How to Cite

Were, F. N., Runaku, J., & Chavasu, H. O. (2023). The Socio-Economic Life of Fisher Communities Living on the Migingo Island of Lake Victoria. African Journal of Empirical Research, 4(2), 1033–1042.