9 TRUCKS LADEN WITH MUKULA IN­TER­CEPTED IN KASEMPA

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH-WESTERN NEWS -

By JACK­SON MAPAPAYI NINE trucks car­ry­ing Mukula logs have been in­ter­cepted in Kasempa in a joint op­er­a­tion by the Forestry De­part­ment, Zam­bia Po­lice and Na­tional Parks and Wildlife.

And an­other truck loaded with 130 logs of mukula logs has been im­pounded in Mwinilunga.

North Western Prov­ince Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Aux­en­sio Daka told the Daily Na­tion the trucks were in­ter­cepted on Sun­day around 14:00 hours in Ntengu Game Man­age­ment Area.

“I can con­firm that a com­bined team of of­fi­cers from Forestry De­part­ment, Na­tional Parks and Zam­bia Po­lice in­ter­cepted nine trucks loaded with Mukula logs af­ter a tip from the pub­lic,” Mr Daka said.

He said the 9 trucks are parked at Kasempa nine po­lice while eight out of nine driv­ers are in po­lice cus­tody to help with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Only one driver is on the run,” Mr Daka added.

Mean­while, po­lice in Mwinilunga yes­ter­day in­ter­cepted a truck loaded with 130 logs of the Mukula tree.

Mr Daka said the truck was head­ing to An­gola via Kama­panda bor­der post.

He how­ever said the mat­ter had al­ready been taken to court and the owner, Mercy Mu­tumba, 26, of Mongu has been sen­tenced to 24 months sim­ple im­pris­on­ment sus­pended to 36 months and fined K2, 500.

How­ever the truck and the logs have been for­feited to the State.

Mr Daka

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