53 foreign trucks carrying Mukula were impounded.

Authorities in Muchinga Province intercepted and impounded 53 foreign trucks carrying Mukula logs at the Nakonde border.

The 53 foreign containerized trucks were intercepted a week ago by the Zambia National Service (ZNS).

Over the weekend, Muchinga Province Minister Henry Sikazwe confirmed the development to the media.

Mr Sikazwe, a Senga Hill Member of Parliament, praised ZNS staff at the Nakonde Wulongo checkpoint for always remaining vigilant and ensuring that no illegal goods are taken out of the country through the border.

He warned that the government will not allow illegal goods to be transported through the Nakonde border.

 

Mr Sikazwe has since given the Zambia Police and other investigating wings 48 hours in which to establish the source of the impounded Mukula logs at the border.

Mr Sikazwe’s directive comes in the wake of threats by foreign truck drivers that they will stage a protest this week to demand for the release of their trucks.

The truck drivers are claiming that the contraband they are carrying was harvested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and not in Zambia.

And some foreign truck drivers who sought anonymity complained to ZANIS, that they have suffered a lot from the time their trucks were impounded a week ago and appealed to government to release them as they are carrying transit goods.

“We are carrying transit goods and we are appealing to the Zambian authorities to release us because this Mukula we have is From outside Zambia,” said one truck driver who declined to be named.

Government has suspended the harvesting and export of Mukula trees with immediate effect.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister Elijah Muchima said the move will enable verification of documentation of those exempted and the impact of the 2017 ban.

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