Fish­ing cam­paign nets gains

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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.

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