Police intercept stolen Admarc maize in Mzimba

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After this publication revealed that some Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials are selling maize to vendors rather than the intended poor Malawians, Police in Mzimba have detained a vehicle which was transporting maize in the district.

The detained vehicle was carrying 350 bags of maize and police suspected that the grain was bought through corrupt practices.

Malawi Police riot vehicle

Police are alert. (Library)

Police publicist for the district Constable Lingstone Kanjautso confirmed the development and said they also arrested about eleven vendors linked to the deal.

He added that investigations were underway as some of the vendors claimed to have bought the maize from locals within the area and not at any Admarc depot.

“Some who claimed to have sold them the maize came and testified to us but as you know, we can’t believe them just now because our investigations are underway,” said Kanjautso.

When our reporter visited the police station, he was told by the detained vendors that they have nothing to do with Admarc maize thus they feel not guilty in any case.

Rhoda Banda, who sells Maize in Nkhatabay said she went to Mzimba upon hearing some reports that most locals there were selling maize at a reasonable price.

“As a vendor, I thought that would mean profit to my business thus I came last week to buy the commodity,” she emphasized.

In addition, she claimed to have bought her maize at a cheaper price from a pastor who was selling his maize at MK4000 per 20kg.

“I bought about 10 bags from the Pastor before I bought other 20 from some boys from down the village,” she added.

Another vendor Mercy Phiri said the police officers are only wasting their time. She further claimed that the vendors are always business minded thus being in custody for police investigations is something they don’t cannot afford.

“They just keep us here without giving us food to eat since they detained our vehicle three days ago,” said Phiri.

“This is torture; we can’t be in custody for something we haven’t done.”

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41 Comments

  1. Vutonxo Ndiloti Ogulitsa Ndiomwe Akumayambitsa Kubgulitsa Ma Vendors Even Kuno Ku Mj Zikumachitika Plus Fertilizer Subsdy Akugura Ndi Mavendar, Ndiye Tiziti Vuto N’ndani?, Chitaponi Kanthu Coz Anyanya Anthu Amenewa,

  2. a pitala pitani simungakwanitse ndizofunika anthu anzelu izi osati ogwa ndi mband
    e ya mtengo awuzeni akubwezereni green card yanu ija

  3. I still blame the government because it has not created an enabling environment for production of the staple food just like other crops. Unfortunately, this comes after huge investments through fisp. Just look at how much fertiliser is selling currently and how many Malawians have managed to buy and apply? The root cause is the economy which the government has failed to manage as a result buying power has been eroded. So you can see how this DPP regime has failed us. Sound economic policies accompanied with sound implementation by the government will do Malawi good unlike defending the fall of a leader.

  4. I still blame the government because it has not created an enabling environment for production of the staple food just like other crops. Unfortunately, this comes after huge investments through fisp. Just look at how much fertiliser is selling currently and how many Malawians have managed to buy and apply? The root cause is the economy which the government has failed to manage as a result buying power has been eroded. So you can see how this DPP regime has failed us. Sound economic policies accompanied with sound implementation by the government will do Malawi good unlike defending the fall of a leader.

  5. For somebody with sound reasoning ability can’t say this is govt blame yet it’s clearly pointed out here that it’s ADMARC employee who’s diverting the maize by selling to vendors instead of intended nationals.A citizen pulling down good things the govt is putting in pace.This is total sickness of politicising everything just bcos of political differences.Until when will some Malawians get changamu from tulo of always clinging to false telling habbits & hatred.No wonder when every leadership comes we keep fighting ruling govt on baseless issues instead of being supportive where it is due…MALAWI my homeland!

    • i totaly agree with you Henry this isue is not an isue of blamin govt but our fellow citizens hu ar employees of ADMARC ,instead of them to deliver the maize to poor
      pipo they ar sellin the maiz to vendors dats the isue osati kunena gvt chifukwa there z political dffrnce

  6. Kusakhutisidwa ndi zomwe alinazo ngakhale Boma likuma mulipila Mk 200,000.00.azichita katangale kikondane tingawa zomwe Boma la nthu lakoza.

  7. GOVERNMENT to blame. Just imagine a Civill servant working for 15yrs at a post without transfer. It encourages corruption. Ndiye zikumafika poti akumatumbwa amveke ndili pano palibe angandichose ma ubale ndi anthu olakwika ali mbweee!

  8. Vuto ndi loti DDP imati Chitetedzo,Chitukuko ndi Chilungamo,ndiye Chilungamo poilandira Gay kwathu kuno,Chitetedzo kwa opanga gay ndi Chitukuko kuti aliyense ofuna gay atha kumapanga madera onse dziko muno zamanyazi dziko la mtendere lija ndithu eeeeeee!