Police in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province have intercepted and impounded three DAF trucks from Tanzania found loading mukula logs.
Muchinga Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Bubenshi has confirmed the development in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Chinsali today.
Mr. Bubenshi said three people who include one Zambian and two Tanzanian truck drivers have since been arrested and are currently remanded at Nambuluma Police station.
He said the trucks impounded are still in the bush and include truck registration Number T 103 CHY trailer Number T 474 EHH and truck registration Number T 101 CHY and trailer Number T384 BYE.
Mr. Bubenshi identified the Tanzanian drivers arrested as Lukas Ambikile, 24, of Tegeta Township in Dar-es-salaam and Saidi Maulid, 32, of Ubungo Township also of Dar-esalaam in Tanzania.
The Deputy Police Chief said the trucks were intercepted in Kalya Village of Chief Chewe around 21:00 hours adding that the Tanzanian truck drivers and the Zambian national will appear in court soon.
President Edgar Lungu recently expressed concerned over the continued cutting down of Mukula trees with the help of some foreign nationals.
Speaking in Blantyre at Sajika Palace during the signing of a Treaty establishing the Malawi-Zambia Trans Frontier Conservation Areas (TFCA), President Lungu said there is need to bring to an end the deforestation and indiscriminate cutting down of Mukula tree in Zambia.
President Lungu said that there is need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to sustainable management of natural resources in order to protect the wild life.
He said that protection of the wild life starts with the protection of the inhabitants for the wild life such as forests.