Fishermen in the Lake Shore district of Malawi, Nkhata Bay on Wednesday fought with police at Masuhunju fishing camp at Kande in the district over the confiscation of their fishing nets and in process mercilessly injuring one Policeman.
Nkhata Bay Police public relations officer Ignatius Esau said four men have since been arrested by the police for causing violence and stealing Police firearm.
“The fisheries department in the district is embarking on a campaign where by it is confiscating illegal fishing nets and on June 14, 2017, the department hired ten police officers to conduct their duties at the said place”, said Esau.
The Publist further said that when the team arrived at Masuhunju fishing camp, fishermen were not happy with the exercise and in retaliation they started stoning police officers. In response to the situation, Police responded by firing in the air with an aim of dispersing the angry crowd.
“As the stoning of police officers was not enough, the angry fishermen pounced on one officer identified as No. B5305 constable Austin Mpeketula Gama whom they assaulted and robbed him a K2c riffle but was later rescued by his fellow officers and was rushed to Chintheche health centre where they reffered him to Nkhata Bay district hospital where he is currently receiving treatment”, added Esau.
The riffle was recovered and the following people were arrested; Zedi Phiri 29, Lusungu Phiri 34 and Ceaser Nyirenda 27 all from Mwakhwawa village under Traditional Authourity Wasambo in Karonga district and Charles Nakhuma 60 years from Kalamwa village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje district.
The four will soon appear in court to answer a charge of robbery with violence that contravenes section 301 (2) of the penal code. Fishermen in the district have since been called upon to respect the existing by-laws that are aimed at protecting different species of fish in our beautiful lake of Malawi.