Zambia seeks truce over poachers’ arrests

ZAMBIA’s Siavonga district commissioner, Lovemore Kanyama has called for a truce and good neighbourliness between Zimbabwe and Zambia following the recent incarceration of fish poachers from both countries.

Source: Zambia seeks truce over poachers’ arrests – NewsDay Zimbabwe May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Siavonga borders Zambia with Zimbabwe.

“The imprisonment to one year each of 10 Zimbabwean fishermen should not be seen as an act of bad neighbourliness between the two sister countries. Remember, some high level talks between the two countries are still in progress. Something can be done, it’s not too late,” he said.

Ten of the 21 Zimbabwean fishermen arrested on the Zambian side of Lake Kariba two months ago were last week convicted and slapped with a 24-month jail term each by Siavonga magistrate Edward Banda.

The remaining 11 fishermen were further remanded to May 30 for sentence.

Some Kariba residents took to social media to vent their anger at the Zambian authorities for what they term a “harsh judgment” to the fishermen.