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DRC marines nab 10 Zambian fishermen

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
CONGOLESE marine soldiers have apprehended 10 Zambian fishermen after they found them fishing on the Luapula River.
Luapula Province commissioner of police Malcolm Mulenga said nine of the fishermen have since escaped from the soldiers.
Mr Mulenga said the DRC soldiers are demanding K700 and the boat which the remaining fisherman was using before he can be released.
“The 10 fishermen were apprehended from three different locations,” Mr Mulenga said.
He said the incident happened around 20:00 hours last Friday.
Mr Mulenga said Lameck Mukondo, 30, of Munkapa village in Mwense is currently detained in the DRC.
He said Mukondo and his colleague Shadreck Mulenga, 27, were found fishing by the soldiers who strayed to Kapundu fishing camp on the Zambian waters.
“The Zambian fishermen were found using three inches by 200-metre nets, the soldiers arrested them and went with them in their marine patrol boat upwards the Luapula River,” Mr Mulenga said.
He said two more Zambian fishermen, Davy Chimpuku, 43, and Alfred Mwila, 30, both of Lobola village in Mwense, were also found fishing at Nsumbu fishing camp and were apprehended.
He said the marine soldiers went on to Kamulete village harbour where six fishermen were found fishing.
They included Emmanuel Mutilapula, 66, Benson Chola, 31, Bedford Mutilapula, 37, Lea Musenga, 24, Sosic Mwansa, 30, and Titus Milopa, 43.
He said the six fishermen resisted arrest and that out of the total of 10, nine of them managed to escape from the soldiers leaving only Mukondo.
Mr Mulenga said the Congolese soldiers decided to take Mukondo to the DRC and when his family went to negotiate, they demanded K700 for his release and the canoe he was using.




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