Publish details of revenue raised from Mukula sale, demands NDC

By Staff Reporter

National Democratic Congress NDC has challenged the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) to urgently publish revenue collected from the sale of Mukula logs.

NDC secretary general Mwenya Musenge said his party was aware that the sale of the logs had not been done in a fair, transparent and accountable manner.

Musenge has since challenged ZAFFICO to inform the nation on how it conducts the auction of the Mukula logs.

“Further, we demand that ZAFFICO management names the recipients and the bank accounts in which the money raised from the commodity is being deposited into. It is rather unfortunate that some named government officials including State House aides seem to be at the centre of the Mukula exports,” he said.

“Not too long ago, concerned citizen’s intercepted trucks carrying Mukula logs. Surprisingly, these trucks were under the escort of vehicles belonging to State House political adviser Kaiser Zulu and another vehicle belonging to a cabinet minister.”

He said three weeks down the line State House and President Lungu had not come out clearly on this saga involving Mukula logs.

Musenge said worse still ZAFFICO failed to speak out on this whole corrupt episode.

“ZAFFICO has not told the nation on when the bid for the logs was publicly advertised including those who were successful in the bid. It is sad that State House seems to be literally involved in all shoddy deals from crude oil, Mukula logs, roads and fire tenders. The list is endless,” Musenge said.

He has challenged President Lungu to feel ashamed and look at national interest first instead of putting greed and selfishness in all his dealings.

“These resources that Lungu and his minions are looting belong to poor Zambians. We doubt if President Lungu cares for the poor people who elected him into office. Today, reports have emerged yet again that 20 trucks laden with Mukula logs are about to cross into Namibia via Sesheke in the Western Province,’ said Musenge.

“The poor management of Mukula logs is robbing the country of colossal sums of money that if well used could be channeled to productive sectors of the economy. As NDC, we are appealing to the International Police – Interpol within the SADC region to intercept the Zambian Mukula logs because of the secrecy and illicit nature in which the logs are being sold.”