MPs accuse State of abandoning Nyanza fishermen

MPs drawn from Nyanza region have accused the government of being insensitive to their plight where they have been subjected to harassment by the Uganda security personnel.

The lawmakers said 22 fishermen have been arrested and detained in Uganda by its security officers for no reason. “This week alone, the Ugandan police have arrested 22 fishermen in Remba Islands who are being held in Uganda without any charges against them,” said Suba South MP John Mbadi.

They claimed there was a scheme by the State to ignore the fishermen and the residents of the affected areas who were being terrorised by the Ugandan forces over time.

“We call upon the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to urgently engage his Ugandan counterpart to have the 22 innocent Kenyans released,” he said. The legislators demanded immediate release of those in custody failure to which they will retaliate.

“The continual selective treatment of Kenyans and marginalisation of some communities is fuelling the succession debate,” said Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo. The MPs said harassment of local fishermen had become a norm in the region especially in Migingo, Remba and Rusinga Islands.

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