23rd February 2019
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Yei River MPs concerned with illegal teak logging

Author: Emmanuel J. Akile | Published: 2 weeks ago

Logs of teak

Yei River State members of parliament at the national legislature have raised concerns over illegal logging in Kajo-keji County.

Teak logging has been reported in the state for years now.

Last year, a documentary titled “profiteers” exposed some government and opposition officials allegedly involved in illegal trading of timber in equatorial region.

In 2014, residents of Kagelu area in Yei river state clashed with teak logging companies after demanding that logging stop in the forest until the government provides basic services to the people in the area.

They said they had not benefited from the companies or the government for having used their resources.

This had led to suspension of cutting of teak in the forest.

A year later, the national government gave directives to security personnel to shut down companies that used government logos and forged documents to export teak out of South Sudan.

“You cannot cut trees without getting permission from the local authorities, whether at the County or state level,” MP Taban Luka said.

Honorable Luka  spoke to Eye Radio on behalf of his area colleagues on Wednesday.

The government and the opposition forces previously accused each other of exploiting the resources there.

“We are now following it up to know who are these people behind this.  Whether from the government or the other side, then the government will take action,”MP Luka said.