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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,8TH NOV 2017-Members of parliament from Nyanza region drawn from the National Super Alliance (NASA) are urging the government to protect fishermen from harassment by police from Uganda.
Led by ODM chairman who is also Suba South Member of Parliament (MP) John Mbadi, the NASA MPs who addressed the press at Parliament says that the government’s refusal to provide security to fishermen was tantamount to “economic marginalisation” as fishing is a major economic activity around the Lake Victoria region.
The ODM chairperson also confirmed that 22 fishermen had been arrested on Tuesday, November 7 and were being detained by security forces in Uganda.
The lawmakers also called on the Inspector General of Police to act so as to secure the borders of the country, with Migori County Woman Representative Pamela Ochieng’ saying, “We want to see action, we want our borders safe.”
Nyatike MP, Tom Odege , also added his voice to the secession threat by saying that if the government fails to act, his people will continue the resistance call of the opposition coalition.
“If the government is tired of Nyanza, we will not force ourselves in a relationship where we are being milked. I will only recognise the president if he stands to defend the borders of this country. If not, me and my people will resist even if the resistance of NASA ends,” said Odege.