By Benjamin Jumbe.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has criticized African leaders for the influx of mainly African refugees to Europe and North America.
Kadaga was speaking at the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva under the theme “Strengthening the Global Regions for migrants and refugees; the need for evidence based policy solutions”.
She said African refugees make dangerous crossings through the Mediterranean, fleeing harsh economic conditions and conflicts in their countries.
The Speaker also took a swipe at the international community, whose ‘intervention’ in African conflicts, she said, have resulted into worsening of the crises.
East African Legislative Assembly Speaker, Martin Ngoga said Parliaments should address income inequality, which he said is the main cause of the problem.
In the recent past, up to 13 million Africans have endured the deadly journey through the Mediterranean and other dangerous routes to Europe, with many living under constant threat of arrest and deportation.