Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has appealed to National government to look into the issue where his constituents have been on many occasions arrested for carrying out fishing in the neighboring Lake Nakuru.
The MP says majority of those arrested are those who were displaced by the rising water levels and are now living in poor conditions.
It will be recalled that a year ago government banned fishing in Lake Nakuru after it emerged that the fish was not fit for human consumption.
However the harsh economic times has seen locals continue to carry out fishing secretly in areas such as Barut that border the swollen Lake Nakuru.
The 2021 Report on Rising Lake Levels and Beaconing of the Highest Water Mark in Lake Nakuru, Kenya, revealed that a total of 677 families were affected from the Barut, Mwariki, and Park View areas. Those affected are yet to get compensation for the losses they incurred.
The area MP spoke at Lake Nakuru National Park on Monday during meeting to mark World Environment Day that was graced by Environment CS Soipan Tuya accompanied by Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika.
According to Arama, there was plan to also compensate those who were displaced by the lake Nakuru Water levels.
However, the plan has been slow due to what he termed is the transition from one government to another.
He was however quick to note that as lawmakers, they will push to ensure that those who were displaced have been settled.
“You cannot arrest locals yet they have not committed any crime. The fish came right at their doorsteps and they decided to do fishing. But I think there is need for compensation of those who were displaced and the plan that was there on the same should continue,” he said.
Arama also used the opportunity to sound a stern warning to individuals whom he termed were out to grab section of land belonging to Nakuru GK Prisons in Nakuru West.
He said such will not be allowed as the land is meant to support the government’s effort towards 100 percent tree cover.
“This is land that we need to plant trees and we shall not allow individuals to grab any part of it” said Arama as he promised to give more input on the same to the Ministry concerned.