—–Six Zambian fishermen have been taken hostage by a joint operational team of security personnel and fisheries officials from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC).
Luapula Province Police Commissioner, Malcolm Mulenga, confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Nchelenge.
Mr Mulenga said the gun-wielding team of soldiers, police and fisheries officials apprehended the fishermen at Makandwe fishing camp along the Luapula River on the Zambian side around 01: 00 hours on Sunday.
He said according to the information reaching his office the fishermen were apprehended for illegal fishing during the ban and that they were being held at the Kashobwe state prison in DRC.
He identified the incarcerated fishermen as Goodson Ng’ongo, aged 23, of Mpuya village, 33-year-old Sizo Mwansa of Ndaso village and Mathews Chitambo, aged 32, of Seya Kapema village all of chief Kazembe’s area in Mwansabombwe District.
The police chief said the rest are a trio of the 28-year-old Bernard Chungu, 19-year-old Gabby Mulenga and Sydney Mwila, aged 33 all, of Kaweme village in the same chiefdom.
Early this week, a marine soldier from the Congo DR shot and wounded a 22-year-old Zambian fisherman between Mupolombwe and Kashilu fish breeding areas along the Luapula River on the Zambian waters.
Both the Congolese marine soldier and the fisherman remain admitted at the Saint Pauls Mission Hospital for treatment and their condition has been described as stable by health officials.