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House committee demands survey report on disputed Migingo island

02 April 2014, 09:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The National Assembly's Defence and Foreign Relations committee has demanded the joint survey report on Migingo Island for inquiries.

The committee said it will summon Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed to clarify the status of the island's survey previously conducted by Kenya and Uganda following tension between the two countries over the island's ownership.

Committee members made the demands after the Africa Human Rights Bureau Executive Director, Dan Alila asked both the Senate and National Assembly to approve military action against the Ugandan security forces occupying both the Migingo and Ugingo islands in Lake Victoria and harassing Kenyans.

Alila said in a petition to the committee that the two islands are located in Kenya.

“Suitable measures must be undertaken to protect the citizens, defend Kenya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and private property,” Alila said.

He proposed that Kenya should establish a permanent Naval Base along the disputed island noting that numerous human rights abuses are being committed on the island. He added that the abuses include; claims of torture, arbitrary arrests and even rape, which he said have been taking place at the island for over a decade now.

The Committee's chairman, Ndung'u Gethenji asserted that the committee will officially summon in writing Amina Mohammed to provide information on details relating to the disputed ownership of the islands in addition to details of the conducted joint survey that was meant to establish territorial boundaries in Lake Victoria.

Gem legislator, Jakoyo Midiwo alleged that Ugandan troops have practically taken over the disputed island.

"The Ugandan government has militarized the borders. Its troops attack and loot from people in Bondo and disappear into the waters,” said Midiwo.

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