Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambia’s governing party on Friday dismissed a report released by a U.S. organization linking President Edgar Lungu and some of his ministers to the illegal export of timber out of the country.

The Environmental Investigation Agency, an American based organization, has released a 20-paged report detailing how the Zambia leader, his daughter, some private businesses and some ministers were involved in illegal exports of Mukula, a popular timber species.

But the governing Patriotic Front (PF) said the report should be dismissed because it was hogwash and full of lies.

“The report is clearly a figment of some people’s imagination, as it is without any critical data, no any grain of truth, is baseless and a mere tool for propaganda,” Sunday Chanda, media director of the governing party said in a release.

The report was among many planned desperate attempts by foreign-based entities in trying to push for regime change in Zambia and dent the image of the leadership of the governing party ahead of elections in 2021, he added.

According to him, the report contains no details linking the Zambian leader and ministers to the illegal timber trade or any substantive linkages, or traceable institutions linked to the illegal trade. Enditem

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