By Goth Mohamed Goth
Five men were arrested early on Wednesday morning after they allegedly felled two hundred years old rare indigenous tree known as “Qudhaca” near the Tima Cade Basketball Stadium, Hargeisa.
The four illegal loggers and a lorry driver of whose vehicle was to be used haul chunks of the chopped tree were seen by members of the public who in turn informed the relevant authorities.
Hon Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare, Minister of environment and rural development and her staff and police officers arrived at the scene within minutes and arrested the five men and confiscated the vehicle the loot.
The arrested illegal loggers claimed they were hired to cut down the tree by the owners of a new multi storey building which is being constructed on the site but failed to produce paper for permission ministry of environment and rural development.