Bernard Esau agrees to meet with AR over fishing rights

Fisheries and marine resources minister Bernard Esau has informed the Affirmative Repositioning that he will avail himself to them and members of the public for information sessions over the anticipated new fishing rights.

This follows a letter penned by AR to the minister requesting that he hosts an information session with them since they are preparing “to benefit from our resources in the form of Fishing Rights as part of Economic Freedom”.

AR co-founder and activist, Job Amupanda showed happiness at the swift manner in which Esau responded to their letter saying, “Minister Esau's swift response and approach is what should characterise Progressive Leadership that understand the Youth.”

AR said such meetings will touch on explanations of “fishing rights, ranging from 10, 15 and 20 years’ period, expired last year, on 31 December 2017 to be exact.”

“A meeting to make all information public will be held in June/July and we will mobilise all youth from 14 Regions and 121 constituencies to attend with a view to ensure that a formula is adopted that benefits all youth of our country, 60% of the population.” 

Esau said his ministry will invite all interested parties through print and electronic media to attend the consultation process.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, a total of 75 fishing rights are set to expire by December 31, while 32 fishing rights already expired on December 31, 2017.