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Zambia suspends export of unprocessed timber

LUSAKA  Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government has suspended the export of wood or logs of any timber tree species with immediate effect, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said timber export permits will only be issued for processed or sawn timber.

She told reporters during a press briefing at her office in Lusaka, the country’s capital that the suspension was in accordance with Statutory Instrument Number 94 of 2015.

The government, she said, was concerned that there was illegal harvesting and trade of timber in the country, especially the Mukula tree, adding that the trend had reached alarming levels.

She went on to state that no round logs will be allowed to be moved from any concession area beyond 100 kilometers and that any trucks found carrying logs for exports will be impounded.

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EARLIER REPORT:

9 people die in Zambia bus-truck collision

LUSAKA  Zambia (Xinhua) -- At least nine people died on the spot while several others were left with injuries when a bus collided with a truck in central Zambia’s Kabwe town, the police and the road transport and safety agency said on Tuesday.

The accident happened in the early hours of Tuesday when the minibus driver lost control of the bus due to over-speeding, according to a joint statement released by the Zambia Police and Road Transport and Safety Agency.

The statement said the bus driver lost control due to over-speeding, which resulted in the bus swaying into the opposite lane before colliding with the truck which was coming from the opposite direction.

Among the dead included five males and four females, including the two drivers.

The bus was carrying 34 passengers.

But according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, the 10th person died at a local hospital while 19 people were injured, nine seriously.

Road traffic accidents involving public buses are common in Zambia, prompting the government to ban the movement of pubic vehicles at night.

             

 

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