The Zumbu District Administration in Mozambique of neighbouring Luangwa District in
Zambia has stopped all Zambian fish traders and other nationals to stop buying fish beyond their District with effect from 15th July, 2017 and any foreign national who will be found will face their wrath.
Zumbu District Administrator, Antonio John Mayozo and a senior team of his officials told Luangwa District Commissioner, Ngoni Moyo who led a team of some Government Heads of Departments during a meeting held at Zumbu in Mozambique over the weekend that they will not allow any Zambian or any foreign fish trader to go beyond their District after
15th July, 2017 .
He said all Zambians and foreigners who are beyond Zumbu buying fish to come out before the deadline or they would face the law.
Mr Mayozo said all the people that want to buy fish in Mozambique would be buying fish at Zumbu and anyone who goes beyond will face the wrath oftheir law.
But Luangwa District Comissioner (DC) Ngoni Moyo and his delegation wondered if this was the case with other Mozambique entry points saying the two neighbouring countries of Zambia and Mozambique have shared mutual bilateral relations ever since and have been trying to
promote trade between the two countries and what the Zumbu
Administration wants to do is not in line of promoting trade between the
two Districts and countries.
Mr Moyo said the two bordering Districts have shared mutual understanding from the time of the first founding presidents of Zambiaand Mozambique.
He said the move taken by the Zumbu Administration was not in line with what the forefathers wanted to achieve.
The DC, however said the District will abide what they put in place and he will take themessage to Zambian fish traders who trade in that District about the
move and hoped that it will not destroy the cordial relationship that
has existed between the two Districts.
Meanwhile Zambian Fish traders have called on the Luangwa District
Administration to follow up the matter as this was the first time that
they were hearing of a bordering District putting up such laws as
trading in other country is not restricted on legal goods.
Speaking on behalf of other fish traders during a meeting with the
DC and other Government officials at the confluence
of the Luangwa and Zambezi rivers after the meeting with the Zumbu
Officials, Ben Ndhlovu a fish trader said the move taken by the Zumbu
Administration will affect trade between the two bordering Districts
and appealed to the Luangwa District Administration to follow up the
Mr Ndhlovu said most Zambians and Mozambique people were benefiting
from each other to improve their livehood and this move will affect
The Luangwa District Administration, however, appealed to the fish
traders to abide by the law that the Zumbu Administration has put in
place and stop going beyond that District to buy fish as they were
still pursuing the issue.
The delegation that had accompanied the DC included
the District Council Chairman, District PF Chairman among some
District Heads of Government Departments and PF District officials
expressed worry and concern at the move taken by the Zumbu
Administration that it might negatively impact on the trade relations
between the two bordering districts.