FROM OLYMPIAN TO FISH POACHER
Robson Mulombe,(74) was an elite athlete, the country’s first black athlete to compete in the Olympics. Now he is a fish poacher as he struggles to survive in Binga district.
“I am now surviving on fishing in the nearby Kariba Dam which is illegal because I don’t have a fishing permit to do that. If I get caught I will obviously be arrested because that is poaching, but I am starving, I need to survive and also look after my family.
“If maybe the Government can assist me with a fishing boat and permit then I would be grateful because then I will be fishing legally without any fear of being arrested. It’s a tough life, but there is nothing I can do,” he told the Chronicle.
Mulombe was part of the 1964 team that represented Southern Rhodesia at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where he competed in the marathon.
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