Mukula trade: Can we now get it right?

Mukula logs.

ON NOVEMBER 3, 2021, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) intercepted and seized 47 trucks laden with rosewood logs destined for neighbouring Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Rosewood, popularly known as mukula, is a prized hard wood with high demand in China and other international markets.
ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said 24 trucks were intercepted in Mongu on October 22, 2021, en route to Walvis Bay, Namibia, while 23 trucks were intercepted in Chirundu on October 27, 2021, en route to Zimbabwe through Chirundu border.
The 47 trucks were found to have no necessary required documents to transport the logs.
In a statement, ACC said: “Investigations into the illegal harvesting and transportation of mukula by some suspected politically exposed persons are still ongoing.”
Earlier, in September, Minister of Community Development Doreen Mwamba unearthed a scam where a cartel at the ministry, working with some officials, had continued to harvest and export mukula trees from a farm belonging to the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPID), a department under the Ministry of Community Development.
The farm is situated in Chipili district, Luapula Province.
Here, 10 trucks laden with mukula logs were discovered at ZAPID Farms while seven other trucks were found parked along the road near the farm.
This is what has generally characterised the trade in mukula since its value was discovered a few years ago. The rise in illegal trade in mukula prompted Government to ban the ferrying and CLICK TO READ MORE

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