—–The district task force on Mukula tree in Serenje district has impounded a Tanzanian truck loaded with about 40 cubic meters of Mukula tree.
Serenje District Commissioner, Charles Mwelwa, confirmed the incident to ZANIS in an interview.
Mr Mwelwa said the team, comprising officers from the security wings and Forestry Department, yesterday impounded a Tanzanian DAF truck registration numbersT 700CJL trailer number T163BRJ belonging to MSA Transport Clearing Company of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania after a tip off from members of the public.
Mr Mwelwa said the truck, which was headed for the Great North Road, got stuck in sand on Chisomo road in Teta area.
He said the driver and the others fled the scene when they saw the District task force approaching.
The District Commissioner said the driver went away with the keys of the 12 tonne truck loaded to capacity with logs of the prohibited Mukula tree.
He said the district is making arrangements with the help of a Chinese Construction Company working on the district township roads to move the truck to the police station.
Mr Mwelwa, who warned of stern action against government officers involved in the illegal trade of Mukula tree, said government will not relent and will bring all the culprits to book.
The District taskforce on Mukula at managed to apprehend three Serenje youths, among them a son to the District Forestry Officer, to help with investigations.
The task force also impounded a local Fuso truck registration number ACJ 4573 found with about four cubic metres of Mukula tree logs.
Mr Mwelwa said the truck will be released after officers from the Ministry of Lands and Environmental Protection scrutinise the local business man’s purported documentation.