SOURCE- $Times_of_Zambia——-Police in Serenje have arrested 26 Zambia Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO) employees and two journalists from the Public Media for being in possession of fish during the closed fishing season.
The employees and two journalists, who were coming from the launch of the tree planting programme in Kawambwa, were apprehended by fisheries officers at Mulembo check point in Serenje district.
Central Province Commissioner of Police, Standwell Lungu, and Serenje District Fisheries Officer, Desidelious Musonda, confirmed the arrest to ZANIS.
Mr Musonda said the 26 ZAFFICO employees and two journalists from Daily Mail and Times of Zambia, were travelling in two ZAFFICO Higer buses registration numbers ALK 2616 and ALK 2588 from Kawambwa.
They had gone to Kawambwa to cover the tree planting programme which was launched yesterday by Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, and individually bought dry and fresh fish at Mukuku Bridge (commonly known as Tuta Bridge).
Mr Lungu and Mr Musonda advised members of the public to observe to fish ban as it is meant to allow fish to multiply so that the members of the public can have more fish to eat after the fish Bann.
“These people were coming from Kawambwa where they went to attend the tree planting programme and they bought fish weighing 60.55 kg at Mukuku Bridge valued at K1, 720,” Mr Musonda revealed.
The ZAFFICO employees and two media personnel are charged with being in possession of fish during the closed fishing season contrary to the Fishing Act Cap 200 of the Laws of Zambia.
The 28 are appearing in court this afternoon.