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Zambian govt investigating stranded trucks

WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) – Zambia’s new High Commissioner to Namibia, Stella Libongani, says her government has received the complaints regarding the stranded Namibian truckers in Zambia.
“What is happening right now is in view of the complaints which were received by the Government of Zambia. The matter is being investigated so that it is quickly resolved,” she said after presenting her letter of credence and commission to President Hage Geingob at State House on Thursday.
In February, about 200 Namibian trucks contracted by various customers to transport timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were intersected and impounded when they entered Zambian territory.
They were impounded for transporting Mukula timber, which Zambia prohibits the harvest of within its borders because the tree is endangered there. This particular timber is legally harvested in the DRC.
The ambassadors and High Commissioners from the Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Romania, Republic of Congo and Tunisia also presented their letters of credence and commission to Geingob.
The Kingdom of Swaziland’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Dumisile Sukati, said her focus will be to strengthen bilateral trade between the two countries.
She noted that Swaziland grows sugar and has leather but lacks the means to finish off the two products and add value.
“In Namibia, we have realised that they have the factories where we can finish off our products,” she said.
Since Swaziland is landlocked, Sukati said they would benefit if Namibia exports fish there, adding they also need cement.
Romania’s Ambassador to Namibia, Marius Boranescu said he is convinced that during his term in office, relations between Namibia and Romania will thrive to benefit the people of both countries.
“Me and my colleagues from the Embassy of Romania will strengthen our efforts to deepen the bilateral relations and bring relations between Namibia and Romania to a new level,” he said.
Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Republic of Guinea, Slovak Republic and Republic of Poland are to present their letters of credence and commission on Friday.

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