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Alert youths impound eight trucks allegedly loaded with illegal timber

Headlines Alert youths impound eight trucks allegedly loaded with illegal timber

Traffic came to a standstill yesterday in Mongu town when youths intercepted eight container trucks suspected to be carrying illegal timber.

One of the aggrieved youths Eugene Kapatiso says the trucks were impounded around 17hours near Mongu round- about after a tip off from Kaoma Town where the trunks passed through.

Speaking on his colleagues behalf , Mr Kapatiso has appealed to President Hakainde Hichilema’s new dawn administration to ensure that the law visits those dealing in illegal timber.

The trucks bearing Namibian foreign number plates were in transit to Katimamulilo Border post in Sesheke District enroute to Namibia.

And Mongu Mayor Nyambe Matakala who rushed to the scene called for strict scrutiny of people behind the export of illegal timber.

Mr Matakala says Government has not yet lifted the ban on export of timber and wonders why people are still exporting it.

Meanwhile, Western Province Joint Operation Committee (PJOC) Chairperson Brigadier General Francis Chitambo has disclosed that the Mukula which is being transported is from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo ( DR-Congo) adding that the merchandise has the necessary documentation.

Mr Chitambo revealed this during a meeting held in the office of the Police Commissioner with the UPND leadership and some security wings in the area.

In the recent past, the country has recorded a number of scandals in the illegal timber trade where a few notable individuals have benefited at the expense of the general populace.

However, the new dawn government is committed to ensuring that the country does not record any further illegal trading in timber.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “……..Brigadier General Francis Chitambo has disclosed that the Mukula which is being transported is from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo ( DR-Congo) adding that the merchandise has the necessary documentation……..”

    This is wrong ,

    Pleas UPND ,
    After HEHH spoke so eloquently about environmental protection with the US VP…….. ,

    ban even transite of mukula through zambia, we all know Congo has no capacity to halt the stripping of their forests ……..

    Zambia is being complicite in the plunder of Africa by allowing such ……..

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  2. These are the youths who we want in the country, very alert. Not like Antonio Mwanza who after being summoned by DEC says there is no law that compels political parties to reveal the source of their funding, But does this Antonio guy know that there is no law which compels political parties to conceal their funding,and if all is well what is the problem with revealing source of funding, he even says only PF was called out of the 16 parties, of course the PFs extravagant spending on campaign materials were all over, so why should DEC summon EFF, Pep or third liberation something

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  3. POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOW FRUSTRATED AS THE LUNCH MONEY IS NO MORE
    AND THEY HAVE TO LIVE LIKE US MORTALS AND STRUGGLE
    NEXT WILL BE THE TOLL GATE OFFICERS WHO HAVE DEVISED A WAY OF DIVERTING TOLL MONEY

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  4. Of all places to issue “necessary documentation” that mentioned one can be 100 % sure of their authenticity? What can stop one getting the “necessary documentation” issued in Congo then load the logs in Zambia or pick more of the logs when passing through Zambia! The ban on Mukula export should have been extended to no transiting of the same through Zambia! Lots of nuts and bolts on Mukula trade need lots of tightening actually this tightening needs to cover all tradeable natural resources! Chilingile bafikonka bwino bwino for it must be through a tip that the youth got to act and details are with them!

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