Fishing campaign nets gains
Tanzania's campaign against illegal fishing in Lake Victoria has started paying off as processing factories get more mature fish stock than in the past, a Cabinet minister has said.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina says the operation has been successful for the past eight months as fish processing factories on the shore of Lake Victoria now process mature fish as required by the fisheries law. The law requires that the plants can only process mature fish with sizes between 50cm and 85cm. According to Mr Mpina, the anti-illegal fishing operation has also enabled the Tanzanian government to improve revenue collections and job creation. He noted that increased fish stock in the lake will not only benefit the government, but also fish processors and their employees. "We are determined to make Lake Victoria as an illegal-fishing-free area for the current and future generation," said Mr Mpina, who visited Nile Perch and Natures Fish factories in Mwanza.
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Liberian government is probing the disappearance of $104 million from the central bank, saying the missing money "has national security implications."
The money, an equivalent of over 16 billion Liberian dollars, was ordered by the Central Bank of Liberia from printers overseas but is yet to be traced after a series of shipments. Records showed that the money has been missing since last year, towards the end Ellen Johnsonsirleaf's administration, the government said. The shipments were recorded between November 2017 and August 2018. The government revealed that 15 people, among them former Central Bank Governor Milton Weeks and Charles Sirleaf, son of the former president, have been banned from leaving the country pending the investigation, said Information Minister Eugene Nagbe. The Ministry of Justice said national police and other security agencies, including the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia, have been ordered to carry out the probe.