Timber truck impounded in Mongu

By Staff Reporter

The forest department in conjunction with the Zambia police has impounded a truck laden with 50 logs of rosewood timber commonly known as muzauli in Mongu district, western province.

The truck loaded with timber worth K25,000 was impounded in Kataba area along the Namushekende-Nalikwanda road during forestry patrols.

This is barely two days after government supplied the forest department in Mongu with two 4 by 4 Toyota land cruisers for forest patrols to smoothen the operations of the department.

Western province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba, said government would not tolerate the illegal cutting down of trees and trade of timber in the province as this had a negative impact on the climate.

Simuchoba who travelled to Kataba area also stated that despite timber transporters giving excuses of being hired, it is ideal that both the timber and the trucks are impounded and forfeited to government in the absence of legal documentation.

He said this will deter transporters to carry illegal timber.

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