Ministry of Natural Resources through the Department of Forestry is yet to take legal action against individuals and companies who owe government K640 million for harvesting in Viphya Plantations commonly known as Chikangawa Forest since 2012.
The department issued a 30- day deadline in October this year for all debtors to settle their debts or face legal action.
But two months after issuing the statement, the department has not taken any action on the debt defaulters.
Public Relations Officer for Environment and Climate Change Management Sangwani Phiri has said the office is yet to get a consolidated report for easy follow up on the defaulters
“I unfortunately cannot give a concise figure, the Accounts Section has been asked to come up with a list of those who finished paying their debts, those who are still paying and another list for those who up to now refuse to have incurred any debt with us,” he said
Phiri also said the debt files are in the custody of the Attorney General Chambers.
The Parliamentary Committee of Natural Resources has been pressing hard government to recover the money.
Through its chairperson Welani Chilenga the Committee said it has scheduled to meet the department to provide feedback on the matter.
“As a committee we have invited them to come to Parliament to explain to us and provide us feedback on that and other pertinent issues. It is not just a matter of following up there are a lot of things that we would want to discuss with them,” he said.
Chilenga said the committee and the department are expected to meet on January 24 next year.
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