A Fish ban patrol team on the Luapula river had a surprise attack by an angry mob of fishmongers and villagers alike in Mwense District of Luapula Province.
The irate mob threw missiles and consequently shattered the rear window of a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number GRZ 583CE belonging to the fisheries department in Nchelenge.
ZANIS reports from Mwense District, that the unsuspecting patrol team were attacked at Mulundu village in Chief Mulundu’s area around 09: 50 hours.
The patrol team comprised of officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and members of Village Fisheries Management Committees (VFMCs) from Nchelenge.
The team that was led by Mweru-Luapula Research Officer Masiliso Phiri was in the area following reports of rampant illegal fishing during the ongoing annual fish ban.
The villagers were incited by Chief Mulundu when he ordered the patrol team to kill all his subjects.
The traditional who arrived at the scene with Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Geoffrey Chipampanta told the team to kill all his subjects instead of harassing them because they area already poor.
The incessant villagers then started charging and started pelting stones at the team injuring one officer in the process.
Bupe Songwe 25, a Livestock Technician at the Nchelenge office had his face bruised from the flying shuttered glasses.