By REBECCA MUSHOTA and KASONDE KASONDE –
TWO Zambian fishermen arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for fishing illegally are still in detention.
Luapula Province police chief Malcolm Mulenga said yesterday that soldiers and fisheries authorities of the DRC arrested two Zambian fishermen who were allegedly fishing in the Luapula River on Sunday around 22:00 hours.
Mr Mulenga said the authorities were patrolling the Luapula River enforcing a fish ban when they apprehended John Mpundu, 48, and Chansa Kashiba, 38, both of Lwafwe Village in Chief Lukwesa’s area in Mwense District.
“They seized one big net from them when they were caught fishing near Munyangala Fishing Camp on the Luapula River on the Zambian waters,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the two suspects were taken to Chisenga Island in DRC where they were charged K300 each to secure their release.
The two are the latest fishermen to be nabbed by DRC authorities after 15 more were arrested on various occasions for the same offence recently.
Meanwhile, Itezhi tezhi District Commissioner Roy Na’ngalewa says the Fisheries Department and his office are working together to ensure that fish ban patrols are intensified.
Mr Na’ngalewa said since the fish ban started, the district had recorded a number of illegal fishing activities.
He said some people had disregarded the fish ban and were engaging in illegal fishing activities.
Mr Na’ngalewa said his office was conducting sensitisation workshops in the district to educate the people on the fish ban.
He said the Fisheries Department had confiscated a number of fishing nets, boats and fish from some fishermen who had also been prosecuted.