Zambian minister fingers foreign syndicates in illegal Mukula trade

Foreign syndicates are behind the increase of illegal trade in Mukula logs, says Zambian Lands Minister Jean Kapata. In the latest incident, a scheme of forging export permits had been foiled and a Chinese national was arrested, according to the minister. “The situation is worrying because Zambia is losing precious…

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Zambia to deploy more rangers to stop deforestation

More forest rangers will soon be deployed to curb the destruction of forests, said Zambian Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Jean Kapata. Kapata said deploying the guards will also strengthen the fight against the illegal trade in Mukula trees. “We are looking at recruiting at least 450 new forest…

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Zambian chief faces charge as police seize more Mukula logs

Police in Zambia have charged a traditional leader with illegal possession in the latest seizure of 400 Mukula logs. Provincial Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka said Chief Chizela was charged after five trucks with Mukula logs were found parked at his palace. Zambia imposed a trade moratorium on the sought-after tree…

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Zambian government auctions seized Mukula logs; traders cry foul

The Zambia government has sold confiscated Mukula logs valued at more than US$20 million, much to the consternation of local traders who say they legally harvested the logs before a trade moratorium was imposed. Zambian National Association of Sawmillers (ZNAS) president William Bwalya told local media the seized logs were…

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