Malawi Police in Blantyre in the wee hours of Tuesday intercepted a truck transporting maize from Dedza to Luchenza in Thyolo district without documentation.
The law-enforcers have since arrested the lorry’s driver and his assistant who eventually attempted to bribe officers with K500.
The truck registration BR 4083, according to police, was intercepted at a roadblock that was mounted along the Blantyre-Zalewa M1 Road.
”The lorry had 302 bags of maize which was being ferried to Luchenza, however the driver Jameson Nanyambo, 33, and Arafat Adam aged 21 who is his assistant ,did not have valid documents for the ferried maize,” explained Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala.
Divala disclosed that the two tried to bribe officers manning the roadblock with K500 to let them go.
”They are currently in custody and will be in court soon”.
The driver and his conductor will be arraigned in court with charges of transporting maize without valid documents, and official corruption contrary to Section 90 (b) of the Penal Code.
Food shortage situation is worsening in the country and people are spending nights at Admarc depots just to access the scarce maize which are only allowed to buy a minimum of 20kgs per individual.
There are growing reports that Admarc is running short of maize supply and that some of its officials are conniving and selling the grain to vendors in bulks thereby creating shortage.
An assessment by government last year indicated that about 2.8 million will experience food shortage and need assistance.
And President Peter Mutharika last week admitted that people in the country are currently starving due to food shortage.
Meanwhile, police have apprehended ten people who have been unlawfully keeping subsidized fertilizers meant to benefit the underprivileged and vulnerable peasants in the districts.
Superintendent Kalungu of Limbe Police Station disclosed that the culprits were arrested on Sunday at Kwanjana Village, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe in Thyolo.
“Yes I can confirm that the culprits unlawfully obtained eleven bags of UREA and twelve bags of NPK fertilizers meant to benefit the underprivileged and vulnerable peasants in the two mentioned districts and have since been apprehended.
“They await to answer the charge of being found in possession of subsidized fertilizers believed to have been unlawfully obtained,” explained Supt. Kalungu.
On his part, Assistant Southern Region Police Publicist, Peter Mchiza warned the general public that the law enforcers will stay idle once tipped about greedy and unscrupulous traders who are currently conniving with other ill-minded individuals across the country to unlawfully obtain the crucial agricultural inputs such as fertilizers which are meant to benefit the less privileged citizens countrywide.
In view of this, Mchiza urged the general public not to hesitate to tip off the law enforcers whenever they become suspicious of greedy and ill-minded culprits within their surroundings.—Additional reporting by Rodney Majawa, ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :