23 April 2016

Tanzania: Police Arrest Two in Connection With Illegal Timber

The police force in Manyara Region has arrested two residents of Magugu township in Babati district for illegally transporting 300 pieces of timber from Kiru forest using a tractor.

Manyara Regional Police Commander, Francis Massawe said the incident occurred on April 15 this year at 09:00 p.m. in Kiru Six Village.

Police who were on patrol impounded a Massey Ferguson tractor which had been towing a trailer loaded with pieces of timber.

Mr. Massawe mentioned the names of those arrested as the driver of the tractor Constantine Sixbert (30) and Juma Selemani (49), both residents of Magugu Ward.

He said when the suspects were asked to show any permit for carrying the consignment, they failed to do so and therefore were taken to Babati Police Station for investigation.

"The value of the timber which has been impounded, has not been determined. We are communicating with Forest Officers of Manyara Region to do evaluation of the consignment," said Mr. Massawe.

The residents of Kiru advised the police to put more efforts in guarding the forest that is being depleted by illegal loggers.

"We commend the police for seizing the 300 pieces of timber and still ask them to continue with their efforts because people are illegally harvesting the forest," said one of the villagers.

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