Lands and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata says 4.3 million dollars has been raised from the sale of all the illegally harvested and confiscated mukula logs since August 2017 when government imposed a ban on the harvesting and trade of Mukula logs.
Government in August last year impossed a ban on the harvesting and trade of Mukula trees and subsequently appointed ZAFFICO to sale all the illegally harvested and confiscated mukula logs on its behalf.
Ms. Kapata said all the proceeds are being invested towards the resuscitation of the Kawambwa tea company which government handed over to ZAFFICO to manage.
She told Parliament in a Minesterial statement that procedures partaining to the utilisation of the proceeds raised from the sale of mukula logs have been adhered to adding that the authority to utilise the raised funds was sought from the Ministry of Finance.
She clarified that ZAFFICO was susequently granted Authority to use the proceeds of Mukula tree species to revamp Kawambwa tea company.
Ms. Kapata said Public Finance Management Act number 1 of 2018 is an existing policy that governs the utilisation of government revenue and can be used to hold the government to account over the proceeds of mukula trade adding that ZAFFICO being a Corporate body under government is also subjected to routine audits.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources last year issued Statutory Instrument number 31 of 2017 which restricted the exportation and transiting of selected timber species.
All the illegally harvested mukula logs are seized under section 82 of the Forest Act number 4 of 2015 and once the logs are seized they are forfeited to the state through the Courts of law