Mozambique arrest Malawian fishermen, confiscate fishing gear and boats

Mozambican police has confirmed the  arrest of  67 fishermen from Malawi on allegations that they were fishing on Mozambique waters on Lake Malawi.

Fishermen pulling up a fishing net on the shores of Lake Malawi, near the Makawa Fishing Village in the district of Mangochi

Police spokesperson in Mangochi Rodrick Maida said apart from arresting the Malawian fishermen, authorities in Mozambique have also confiscated fishing gear and boats and are demanding K5 million.

The fishermen were arrested at Mtengula fishing dock, according to sources at Mangochi police.

“They were released on Saturday after authorities from Malawi, including police officers from Mangochi but they are still holding on to the fishing gear, as they are demanding K5 million,” said a source.

Maida refused to give details on the matter.

The source said seven boats and fishing nets were confiscated and said the authorities in Mozambique have promised to give them back to Malawi after the K5 million is paid.

This comes barely weeks after Maputo and Lilongwe agreed to settle issues concerning people of the two countries amicably after one person was killed in Makanjira in Mangochi following a fracas of a piece of land.

Lake Malawi is shared between Mozambique, Tanzania and Mozambique although Mozambique and Tanzania share the huge Indian Ocean.

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LEGO
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We have been so lenient to these Mozambicans for too long it is high time for us to act now.These Mozambicans have been so cruel to us but all we do is MOU.I was surprised the other time when i visited Dedza,i saw some Mozambicans in Dedza Boma there buying their groceries and other staffs without any document.The following day i got a news that the Mozambican Police has arrested Malawians for just going to talk to their friends who are along the border.Let us show them that we can also act

shakurikimboka
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shakurikimboka

???although Tanzania and Mozambique share the huge Indian ocean??!!!

……what is the connection between the Indian occean and a share in our beloved Lake Nyasa?

GONANI
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GONANI

Stories like this one make me sick! why should Malawians be held captives in their own waters by those cheap opportunistic village police men? I think Malawi is too polite for today’s world arrangement. I agree with Malo A Maloto . By the way how did Mozambique end up getting part of our lake? This is insane! I think we must rewrite those borders in the east with Mozambique. They are not right. Lake Malawi is Lake Malawi, and nothing else.

che nnungu
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Thats why i always miss Hastings Kamuzu Banda

DAVIE C MAKAWA
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i remember bingu once said if i put my army together and chase you, malawi is going to erect its flag where our army will return from. Eventuary all this kind of torture on malawians stopped. but now it seems these guys are coming hursh on us and our government is busy with Memorundum of understandings, what for? lets go fight them if they feel they can withstand the pressure. This is malawi we know our boundaries and no one should be coming into our territories.guys now if you happen to cath any of the mozambicans trying to guard our… Read more »

shakurikimboka
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shakurikimboka

the bullied kid try to act tough…. hehehe poor malawi

Malo A Maloto
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Malo A Maloto

The writer ends his article by saying: ‘Lake Malawi is shared between Mozambique, Tanzania, and Mozambique . . . .’ It seems that Lake Malawi is no longer shared by its eponym. The error cannot be corrected merely by exchanging ‘Malawi’ for one of the ‘Mozambique’s because Tanzania has no share of Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is shared by Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania ends at the Lake Shore.

Ngongoliwa
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Nde nyanja poti ikuphwela malire a Malawi ndi TZ adzakhala pati?

shakurikimboka
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shakurikimboka

we Tanzania’s have the largest share 2/3 of lake Nyassa

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