Siavonga District Commissioner (DC)Lovemore Kanyama has disclosed that more than 40 Zambians fishermen are convicted in Zimbabwe for fishing on that country’s side of Lake Kariba.
Mr Kanyama told the stakehokders meeting chaired by Southern Province Minister Dr Edify Hamukale today that Zambabwean security personnel have continued shooting and arresting Zambians.
He said the Zambian fishermen are arrested, prosecuted, and jailed within a day and they h are not represented by any lawyer.
The DC noted that when Zimbabweans are arrested Zambian courts allow them to have representation in the court of law.
Mr Kanyama also disclosed that many fishing vessels have been forfeited to the Zimbabwean government.
He has called for intervention into the matter to avoid the situation in which many Zambian fishermen are jailed in Zimbabwe.
However, Southern Province Minister Dr Hamukale said he would engage the Ministry of foreign Affairs to have a joint meeting with the Zimbabwean counterparts to address the situation.
Dr Hamukale said Zambia and Zimbabwe enjoy good relations such that it is difficult for other nationals when they meet in forums to identify who is from which country.
He said issue of Zambians fishermen being arrested in Zimbabwe is unfortunate and it has to be addressed.
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