QUICK RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES

MP wants search and rescue centres set up in Lake Victoria

Odhiambo says Suba North CDF will procure two boats to patrol beaches and respond to emergencies.

In Summary

• Her call follows the tragedy at the weekend in which three fishermen drowned near Nyagina beach next to Mbita Causeway Bridge after their boat capsized as a result of strong winds. 

• The three, who were in a group of five, were sailing to Koguna beach from a fishing expedition near Kombe beach.

Fishermen in Lake Victoria
Fishermen in Lake Victoria
Image: FILE

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo has called on the government to speed up the establishment of search and rescue centres in Lake Victoria for quick response to emergencies.

Her call follows the tragedy at the weekend in which three fishermen drowned near Nyagina beach next to Mbita Causeway Bridge after their boat capsized as a result of strong winds. 

The three, who were in a group of five, were sailing to Koguna beach from a fishing expedition near Kombe beach.

Speaking when she visited the scene of the accident on Monday, Odhiambo said the ongoing dredging of the causeway to allow large water vessels to move under the bridge with ease puts lives at risk and there should be mitigation measures to help accident victims.

Odhiambo said the lake may witness increased accidents because the project is likely to make waves more powerful and violent.

The lawmaker pledged that Suba North Constituency Development Fund will procure two boats to patrol the lake and respond to emergencies.

Rangwe MP Lilian Gogo called on fishermen and those using lake transport to put on life jackets and observe all maritime safety measures. 

Edited by A.N