‘State sole mukula tree auctioneer’

Mukula logs.

THE Zambian government has decided that the mukula tree will be undergoing auction sales for the benefit of the country, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata has said.
Ms Kapata said the ban on the sale of the mukula tree by the private sector will not be lifted, but instead Government will own the process on behalf of the citizenry.
“Government will assume sole ownership of the harvest of the mukula tree, but will invite anyone to come and bid at a publicly held auction sale, and the proceeds will go straight into control 99, a government bank account,” Ms Kapata said.
The minister issued the statement in the former Polish capital of Krakow, shortly before her return to Lusaka.
Ms Kapata was in Poland to attend the Conference of Parties, otherwise known as COP24, a United Nations (UN)-organised meeting called to negotiate guidelines for the implementation of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change

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