Zambians jailed for fish poaching

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Four Zambians who entered Zimbabwe through an illegal entry point and poached fish have been slapped with a six-month jail term each.

The four pleaded guilty to illegal entry and fish poaching when they appeared before Binga magistrate Stephen Ndlovu on Monday.

The court heard that on March 29, Sarah Mulopa (60), Getrude Njovu (50), Johanah Moyo (47) and Innocent Tembo (33) crossed the Zambezi River into Zimbabwe from Zambia through the Sinangwenda Fishing Camp area in contravention of immigration laws.

They had no travel documents.

On arrival in Zimbabwe, the Zambians poached and bought fish from local fishermen without permits. They were spotted by the police in the act, leading to their arrest.

After the arrest, police investigations established they had no passports and fishing permits. They were in possession of 30kgs of dried fish which were confiscated and forfeited to the state.
Bruce Maphosa prosecuted.