Police in Senanga district of Western province have intercepted six trucks laden with the prohibited mukula logs.
In an interview, Senanga district Commissioner Vivian Mubukwanu said the trucks bearing Zambian registration number plates were intercepted by police at Senanga round-about enroute to Namibia from Kasempa district of North Western province.
Mr Mubukwanu said that upon being intercepted by the vigil police officers on Monday around 18:00 hours this week, the drivers of the trucks abandoned the trucks for fear of being arrested.
He said the six trucks are laden with undisclosed number of mukula logs as the contraband is parked in containers.
The DC said the stance of government is to ensure that the country’s natural resources in protected from being exploited.
He said at the moment his office has handed over the report to the task force in Lusaka mandated to handle the illegal harvesting of mukula trees in the country.
Mr Mubukwanu said police officers are manning the trucks for fear of being damaged by unknown people and that the marooned trucks will only be cleared once the task force carries its thorough report on the impounded trucks in the district.
The senior government official said some of the company owner’s contraband has so been contacted to appear before Senanga police station in order to clear the marooned trucks in the district.
Mr Mubukwanu has appealed to business companies in the country intending to deal in mukula logging to follow the stipulated procedures of the land to avoid being in conflict with the laws.
And Senanga Central Member of Parliament Mubukwanu Mulowa has called on government to stiffen laws in order to stop the rampant harvesting of the country’s natural resources.
Mr Mulowa said people in the country are sitting on the abundance of natural resources but the citizens are benefitting less resulting in alarming levels of poverty especially in rural areas.
The law maker said the illegal cutting of timber in Senanga district by unscrupulous dealers is unbelievable and that the situation should be brought to book by the relevant authorities.
Mr Mulowa said the security wings should not relent in impounding all trucks especially with containers in order to bring the smuggling of the country’s natural resources to manageable levels.