Fisher Man Fined K700, 000 For Illegal Fishing

Date:

The Mangochi First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Friday, May 21, 2021 ordered a 64-year-old fisherman, Boyidi Mkandawire, to pay a fine of K700,000.00 for fishing in the prohibited area.

The court heard through Mangochi Police Station Prosecution Officer, Assistant Superintendent Davie Banda, that on April 29, 2021, Msaka Fisheries team was patrolling, monitoring and controlling fishing activities along the shallow waters of the Lake Malawi.

According to Assistant Superintendent Banda, what Mkandawire did was contravening Sections 14 (1) and 42 (1) (b) of Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.

Banda said in course of duty, the team intercepted the convict whilst fishing in the prohibited area using under meshed gear and without license.

He added that, “the team confiscated the fishing equipment and reported the matter to the Police.”

Appearing in court, the accused pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him and in mitigation, asked for the court’s leniency, saying he is old and also a breadwinner to his family, but prosecutor Banda, asked the court for a stiffer penalty.

First Grade Magistrate Mtunduwatha Mpasu, concurred with the state and ordered him to pay a fine of K350,000 for fishing using unlawful method and another K350,000 for fishing in the waters without license.

Meanwhile, the accused has paid half of the money and has been given a period of a month to pay the balance.

Boyidi Mkandawire, hails from Kondowe Village, Traditional Authority Mwasiska in Nkhata-bay district.

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel:

Flora Mitumba
Flora Mitumba
Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

Share post:

Featured Video

click to play

Popular

More like this
Related

Zambian Business Woman Cuts Her Hubby To Pieces Over Marital Dispute, Packs The Pieces In A Dish

ZAMBIA - A Rwandese woman in Kafue District has...

Two Zambian sisters nabbed for conniving with their boyfriends to rob their families

In a modern day Bonnie and Clyde classic, two...

Drink Milk Before Going To Sleep And These Miracles Will Happen

Milk has been gotten a kick out of all...

32 Malawians In Zimbabwe, Others Yet To Be Repatriated

Some Malawian nationals are stranded in Zimbabwe as the...