Police in Mansa in Luapula Province are investigating the circumstance that led to the shooting of a Zambian Fisherman by the Congolese Marine.
Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Charity Munganga revealed the development in a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday.
Ms. Chanda said Webby Mambwe 32, whilst in the company of five other fishermen was shot yesterday around 16:00 hours by a Congolese national.
Police Deputy Spokesperson, Charity Munganga Chanda, said the victim and his compatriots were suspected to have been fishing on the Congolese side of the Luapula river.
Ms. Chanda stated that the bullet went in through the chick and came out through the throat adding that the victim is admitted to Mansa General Hospital.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Mambwe said he was with five of his colleagues having a meal at Lusangu fishing camp in Chief Lukwesa’a area in Mwense when the six Congolese attacked them.
Mr Mambwe who spoke with difficult, said the armed Congolese approached the fishing camp in a speed boat and attempted to grab his banana boat, but he and his friends held on to it.
“They said they wanted the boat, but when we resisted, the Congolese, four of them armed, started firing in the air and one of them aimed at me,” he said.
Felix Ng’ombe, Mambwe’s elder brother, who is on the bed side, alleged that the Congolese were in the habit of grabbing boats from Zambians so that they could sell them in their country.
Nurses at the hospital said Mr Mambwe would be taken to the theatre for an operation once he stabilised.
In May this year, 20 fishermen were arrested by Congolese marines for straying onto the Congolese side of Lake Mweru.
The fishermen were later released in an exchange which saw Zambian security authorities releasing a Congolese soldier who had been captured by some fishermen.