Nyatike Constituency Member of Parliament Tom Odege has appealed to the East African Community (EAC) to consider harmonizing security and revenue in Lake Victoria to end the incessant harassment of fishermen.
While speaking during a tour of his constituency, the legislator said the EAC should come up with policy instruments that will enable the fishing community to go beyond their boundaries during shortages.
The MP added that as elected leaders, they have no capacity to draft marine boundaries, which has been an issue with the three bordering countries.
A fortnight ago, six Kenyan fishermen from Kibro beach in Nyatike were charged by a Tanzanian court after spending 60 days in the country for trespassing into Tanzania’s fishing waters.
The fishermen were charged with robbery with violence even though, according to them, they were on a fishing expedition.
Kenyan fishermen have suffered in the hands of the security officers from Uganda and Tanzania with some even being tortured to death.
By LTN Reporter