Kachasu, the opaque beer, could be the next excuse for authorities on why people are failing to access maize at ADMARC depots.
This follows revelations by ADMARC officials in Ntchisi that vendors are still buying maize in bulk by defeating the use of indelible ink at the selling points.
The traders remove the ink by washing it off using Kachasu or applying oil to the fingers.
According to Ntchisi ADMARC supervisor, Clement Nampota, vendors were creating a big problem at the market as they were making needy people from rural areas fail to access the grain.
Nampota said there was sanity at the maize selling point when officials introduced the use of indelible ink to buyers, but hell broke loose again when vendors discovered that Kachasu beer could allow them to buy more maize.
“Some vendors apply oil to their fingers so that the ink doesn’t stick. We are running short of ideas; our hope is only on these security men, the police,” said Nampota