Police in  Isoka  District of Muchinga province have launched  a man hunt  for two suspected foreigners  who abandoned a truck loaded with  Mukula logs.
The police carried an operation  on June 5, 2015 around 02:00 hours to stop the illegal Mukula harvest  from Katyetye’s  chiefdom .

The police explained that   Illegal Mukula  harvesting and trading is  on an increase in Isoka district  and later transported to foreign countries such as Tanzania.

They told ZANIS that heavy cutting down of  Mukula tree is taking place in chief Katyetye’s  area  where people use axes and sharp blade  machinery  to harvest the  logs.

Police  further revealed that  a truck load  carrying  a foreign number plate   T 288 BSJ  and trailer number   T533 Bsc  was abandoned in the bush  between  Chilanga and Ntipo  areas .

And a ZANIS news crew survey  carried out in Katyetye  chiefdom  revealed that about  1000x 2.5 meters of Mukula logs that were packed in various  loading bays in the area have  gone  missing in unclear circumstances.

Mukula tree  has become very marketable  to  reach a status  of a  Green Gold  in Zambia and is harvested  from mountainous places. But Why Mukula?

The Mukula tree, whose scientific name is Pterocarpus chrysothrix, is not popular among the common species like the Pine, Neem Tree, Mukwa or Rosewood but it is believed to be most valuable due to the huge properties it has, some which are silent

The leaves are edible, and contain large amounts of vitamin C; they are eaten as a leaf vegetable.Bark extracts are used in herbal medicine to treat skin parasites and fungal infections.The wood is valuable; it is very durable, red at first, becoming purplish-brown on exposure to light, with a density of 0.79 g/cm³.It is resistant to termites. It is valued for making drums in Africa due to its tonal resonance.The wood is also favored for its use in stringed instruments (namely acoustic and electric guitars) for its tonal attributes and durability.Dust from the wood produced during wood processing can cause dermatitis in some people.

Meanwhile, police  managed to  drive the abandoned Tanzanian truck  to Isoka  police station

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Someone will be bribed and it will be business as usual. Its country has gone to the Dogs

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  2. this is work of pf cadres and their leaders. who else can do that people if you dont hurry to change this government everything will be gone. retirees are no longer receiving their yearly increaments due to reckless spending of pf govt what a shame and you are there supporting rotten thing.

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  3. And you say we are a poor nation. Mukula tree is already diamond for Zambia if its exports are managed properly. We can even begin to plant it in controlled environments.

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  4. Plenty Copper, plenty Trees, plenty of farm-able land (Maize, Tea sugar etc) ,country riddled with lakes, ability for hydro power and export solar power rail line cutting straight through CBD, beautiful weather for 365 days, tourism potential. and we have people in politics who have been around since the 70’s and earlier

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