7 May 2013

Somalia: Federal Government Troops Freeze Charcoal Export At the Port of Kisamyu

Reports from Kismayu, the port city of the lower Juba region confirm that governmen troops stopped charcoal that was to be exported from the port.

The cities administration allowed the coal export but the federal troops seized the thousands of sacks as it arrived at the port. Charcoal export was banned by the government as it caused large destruction of forest in the region.

Colonel Iftin Hassan Basto who is one of the government top officials in the region talking to Shabelle radio said that they have seized thousands of sacks containing charcoal that was to be exported at the port.

Colonel Iftin added that his troops stopped the coal business because of destruction of forests in the region and the large sum of money generated from the business may also be involved in anti government projects.

The colonel reiterated that his troops were implementing government policies and taking order from the government only.

This comes as the president of the federal republic of Somali banned charcoal export in the country and termed the business as destruction of the countries nature.

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