Two named MMD cadres at Lukanga swamp fishing camp in Kapiri Mposhi district have taken advantage of the fish ban to harass fish mongers in the area.
The two cadres are allegedly grabbing fish from unsuspecting fish traders. Sources at the fishing camp told ZANIS that the situation was uncontrollable as the cadres brag that,as members of the ruling party in the area, they were supposed to be in every organization to ensure things were going on well.
The source further said the cadres had almost taken over the whole fish ban exercise and were working every day freely harassing any one suspected of having fish.
And a fishmonger who asked not to be named for security reasons admitted that fishing during the ban was illegal but added that it was also wrong for the cadres to grab fish from illegal dealers only to give it to their wives to go and sell.
‘We know we are also stealing by fishing during the ban. But we find it more disgusting for the cadres to steal from another thief and only to eat or sell the fish instead of handing it over to the fisheries officers, both them and us are supposed to be answerable,’ he said.
And fisheries officers spoken to also confirmed the development saying they reported the matter to their superiors in Kabwe and were waiting for a response.
Meanwhile, MMD Central province vice chairperson Robert Makangila condemned the action saying the party would investigate the matter before punitive action can be taken against the cadres.