Friday, February 23, 2024

HH calls on Government to lift fish ban immediately

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GBM and HH at a Rally in Kasama

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has called on the government to lift the fishing ban immediately saying it has taken long as some people depend on this activity.

And the UPND leader has assured the nation that if elected into office, his priority in government will to remove all the inefficiencies in the agriculture sector accusing the PF Government of destroying the agriculture sector.

Speaking during the card renewal exercise in Kasama District of Northern Province, Mr. Hichilema says his administration will help poor farmers with free agro inputs.

He says farming is a business so his administration will create a market for farmers by also making the cost of agro inputs bearable.

Mr. Hichilema has also assured marketeers that if voted into office, his administration will give them loans and trading places since the PF has chased them from the trading centers.

And UPND Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba has called on the Northern Province Residents to work hard to remove the PF and President Edgar Lungu from office for allegedly bringing misery on the people of Zambia.

38 COMMENTS

  1. The article above does not indicate how long the fish ban has been in place. I hope HH knows that the fish ban are imposed for a period to let the fish procreate (to allow the fish some quite time to produce children/fingerlings). It is not a permanent feature. Please get educated on this. Don’t try to make points even where it is not necessary. The ban is usually in the rainy season. Immediately the rainy season is over, the ban is lifted. How come the Chairman for Agriculture and Fisheries in UPND did not explain this basic information to his boss?

    • The fish ban runs from 1st December to 28/29 February but for this year it has been prolonged due to the recent cholera outbreak.Fishing camps are usually breeding grounds for such diseases. Hakainde could be right though

    • The official date to lift fish ban was 1st March. It has been extended . This is the extension fish traders and HH are saying its not necessary. Know your Zambia Mr Zambesian.

    • The extension of the fish ban has nothing to do with the fish breeding!

      It is because some ignorant people think it might stop the spread of cholera.

      This is another example of clueless incompetent people that have no idea about how this is damaging the economy.

      People use cars to travel around. Does that mean we should ban vehicles because that might spread cholera?

  2. Grz is right to prolong the fish ban. Allow the fish to breed, if all fish is depleted there will be no fish left to talk about. This ban will benefit the same people who are against it when the ban is lifted, as they will have a bigger catch than what they might have now. Give praise where it is due, it’s wrong to oppose everything just because it’s done by pf. Politics aside fish stocks in our water bodies have drastically reduced over the years due to over fishing.

    • It does not help to have a fish ban in place if there is no one monitoring it !!! Go to Kafue river and see the netting that happens during the fish ban ( November, December, January). Go to Kariba now and see the netting. HH is not opposing the national fish ban from Nov to 1st of March he is opposing the current ban.
      During the hight of the cholera epidemic kapenta fishing was allowed to take place on Kariba, now it is banned and now thousands of people are without work because no kapenta fishing is allowed…….

    • Ati “fish stocks in our water bodies have drastically reduced over the years due to over fishing” !!

      That is not true. Fish production in Zambia has been steady or even slightly increasing since Independence!

      Get your facts straight before commenting!

  3. There are more advantages to prolonging the fish ban than there are disadvantages! Our dull opposition is failing to understand this simple logic! Fish business is a value chain, it doesnt involve fishermen only , there are traders, transporters etc. All these are potential vectors of the chorela germ, spreading it to other areas! Spreading the danger! OK opposition! Simple logic!

    • The best way the Government can tackle the Cholera issue is through a campaign of educating people like Manga! Cholera is spread through contamination of water supplies by human faeces. That is why it is mainly found in cities, not in the rural areas.

      There has never been a recorded outbreak of cholera in most fishing areas such as Kariba, but there is massive unemployment and poverty, and malnutrition in children. And now the closure of the Kapenta fishery has added to that, with thousands of workers laid off!

      Unfortunately the “simple logic” of Manga looks more like “simple ignorance”! Depriving people of their livelihoods and proper nutrition will cause much, much more health problems that banning fishing because of a threat of cholera that does not even exist in those…

  4. Ati card renewal exercise, in PF strongholds, there is nothing like that because everyone is PF. Those who attended the meeting wanted to see how kachema looks like after the Mukobeko episode.

  5. “If voted into his administration will give them loans” assured HH.
    Politics of lying are long gone and dead, where will this hyena find the money to loan everyone in Zambia? Is he not on record saying that the country is broke?
    The ver fact that he is saying “if voted in office” basically implies that he knows that President Lungu is our President and shall continue for the next eight more years. Ichilema is brainless for sure.

  6. Ichilema teti chi teke abantu! That one is tested thief like Frederick Chiluba! He stole privatisation money and gave himself shares in Sun Hotel and other companies, so what’s good about Hichilema? A lot of my neighbors died in Ndola after closoure of UBZ, ZCBC, NIEC stores, Contract Haulage etc in so-called privatization of which Hichilema was part of! I don’t want think back it brings bad memories! And Hichilema wants to be champion today! Not him!

  7. THEIR IS NO fish in southern province to talk ABOUT, could this be a statement to show that he recognises ECL as president?

  8. Dull opposition party leaders,failing to understand why Govt has prolonged the fish ban.He is a thief, arsonists and satanist.

  9. It’s difficult to understand what Hichilema stands for because he speaks against everything. Cholera cases were recently reported in some fish camps hence the extended ban. So for him it’s better to lose fishermen to cholera? It’s been raining heavily the past two weeks, which is a recipe for cholera. Those that conduct national prayers must include Hichilema’s brain on prayer requests

  10. That is why it is so painful to lose elections. When you see a sea of people at your rally, you equate that to votes, how can you accept a loss? Ask KK his last rally as President of Zambia at Kafue roundabout in Lusaka was dubbed the Mother of All Rallies. After the result? KK wondered what happened to his “votes” meaning the massive rally? Ask Dean Mungomba who also “pulled” rallies as votes. H.h has seen similar things in Copperbelt in 2016. The only place where massive rallies equate to votes are southern province, and maybe another 2.5 provinces….kikikiki…
    and you can rest assured the people are enjoying the free cash and other freebies.

  11. Why lie to people please say the truth if the fish has not yet reproduced how do you just instruct the government to lift the ban. Come on people even if they depend on fishing , do we really have to finish all the fish and then what after it’s finished. Somethings you just say the truth cause it will happen to you when you in power and when you extend the ban people will say you are been cruel so let’s stick to the truth. Don’t oppose the truth.

    • The fish started breeding in December and finished breeding in February!

      Extending the fish ban for two more months and expecting more fish is like waiting until next year to harvest your maize and expecting to double your ctop harvest!

      Such *****ic claims can only come from people that have no idea about what they are taking about.

    • The fish started breeding in December and finished breeding in February!

      Extending the fish ban for two more months and expecting more fish is like waiting until next year to harvest your maize and expecting to double your crop harvest!

      Such sbsurd claims can only come from people that have no idea about what they are taking about.

  12. HH is the man you don’t know What he is made of just wait and see. things are worse than ever i don’t know the kind of country you are living in because 90% of us Zambians speak out of hatred and not merit grounds. May God forgive you. Because you don’t have a clue for our future Zambia………

  13. HH is the man you don’t know What he is made of just wait and see. things are worse than ever i don’t know the kind of country you are living in because 90% of us Zambians speak out of hatred and not merit grounds. May God forgive you. Because you don’t have a clue for our future Zambia

  14. Ati Dumdum cross check my statement with fisheries ministry, the records are there for all to see, it’s people like you who just oppose anything. Travel around Zambian lakes and ask fishermen whether there is more fish now than at independence? The answer is a big No. This is the reason why Zambian fishermen are finding themselves in trouble all the time. They travel very far on the lakes crossing into our neighbouring countries territorial waters and end up being arrested. Go to Kariba, Mweru and Tanganyika the story is the same. Don’t be an armchair critic, when you have no facts or bothered to even do abit of research on the topic. You live in Lusaka pick up a phone and call fisheries department and ask them. Since when did our fish stocks increase? Government is encouraging people…

  15. Government is encouraging people to venture into fish farming, for a simple reason our fish stocks are depleting. It’s simple as that.

  16. the employment level in zambia is low what HH said is making sense about 35% depends on it so let the goverment lift the fish ban]most zambians there IQ is low they dont think b4 sending a coment[]hw can he encourage fish farming minus providing capital to them

  17. those are not in any emloyment maybe u working thats y u ar supportng but i can assure u without the opposition to oppose the out going government things would have been worse

  18. As usual, you can tell from the low level of comments of those opposing H.H. that Zambia is in trouble unless a new generation comes up to reverse this actuality. 2015 and 2016 elections were stolen. You not therefore include them in your counting of how many times H.H. lost the elections. Be reasonable you D.U.L.L. bloggers

  19. So you prefer to deplete all fish, than wait for a month or two to allow fish to breed. Very shallow thinking no wonder Africa has remained in perpetual poverty. It’s not rocket science, allow fish time to breed and the benefits will be there for all to see. If you finish all the fish, tell us how those fishermen will survive. It’s a temporal measure soon will be lifted.

  20. kapoma kaboso; just imagine u work in a certain particular company and you havent bn paid for 4 month hw would u feel mr selfish

  21. Ba HH dont politize this issue, u jst want ka mileage frm the people, let the govt do its job. Tell us wht u will do for Zambia, not all u hv bn criticising, they remove venders frm the streets etc u condemn. Whn u are in power, are u going to allow all lawless, dirt etc? Thn if u will allow such, thn u not fit for president. I wonder with such thinking, u hv bn to different places, UK, USA etc. Do they allow such lawless, awee ba HH be senseable. Nothing wrong with the ban, even to next year it can be ok. To allow the fish to bleed, fidh stocks hv depleted over these past year – MMD rule was worse, its a good thing, govt to listen to those against the ban, its ok.

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