9 Malawi Police officers arrested in Karonga for alleged pocketing bribes from maize smugglers

Malawi Police have arrested nine of its officers  in northern border district of Karonga on allegations that they  have been pocketing bribes from  suspected smugglers of maize and tobacco.

Police spokesman James Kadadzera:Any officer in conflict with the law will not be shiedled

National Police spokesman James Kadedzera confirmed the arrests, saying the officers were manning Kaporo and North Rukuru road blocks.

He said Police “will not shield any officer who comes in conflict with the law.”

The officers are said to have pocketed bribes  from illicit traders who were smuggling maize to East Africa.

Recently  President  Peter Mutharika  ordered Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to curb smuggling of maize, ordering all strategic routes to be sealed to ensure that the commodity remains in the country.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who is the official government spokesperson, said losing maize to smugglers was tantamount to killing Malawians.

Dausi said the MDF  soldiers had been deployed to complement the efforts of the police.

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism spokesperson Wiskes Mkombezi said maize exports are prohibited and those caught exporting will have to face the law.

He said the ban on exportation can only be lifted if Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development advises otherwise on the food situation in the country. He said the Ministry is yet to be advised on crop estimates.

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7 thoughts on “9 Malawi Police officers arrested in Karonga for alleged pocketing bribes from maize smugglers”

  1. Munthali says:

    let’s remove ignorance on this platform. nkhani ili APA ndi maize smugglers . chaponda sizikumulhuza ngat aphwanya lamulo amangidwe basi.

    ngat chaponda anaba nayenso amangidwe if there is enough evidence not political propaganda. coz we may waist a lot for compensations

  2. Fwitondo says:

    Maize had passed through the two roadblocks, North Rukuru and Kiwe. MDF soldiers are the ones that impounded the maize around Pussi trading centre.

  3. Nyoko says:

    Pali nkhani apa .Peter anamumanga Chaponda ..Wina akufuna promotion ya Ziiiiiiiiiiii.Mulungu azakulangi .Boss wanu womuchosani ntchito nayo mbuli yachabe chabe.Ku Karonga kulibe corruption kupereka ndi kwawo bola wa mphepha.A khoti musaweruze khaniyi ayambe agwire chaponda..Nkhan ni Chimanga basi.Every master has aduty to protect his subordnates .Ndiye apolice ndi agalu kulimbilana mafupa..DPP aba abaso inu yopepha akukumangani

  4. 2019 voter says:

    God, the best judge, may you arrest Zambia maize deal thieves. A Police amangana okhaokha, awo akuwalephela kuwamanga, hence, ife tikudalira inu Mulengi wa zonse. Muli ndi maonyolo ambili omangi iwo ochimwa. Teloni Yawe.

  5. BIMA says:

    A POLICE KUGONA !!
    TULO TOO MUCH

    KAMANGENI CHAPONDA
    UKO—-”

    TAONANI ZIKUKOMERA GALU KUGUNDA MBUZI

  6. observer says:

    if we have a honest government let them arrest Chaponda!

  7. chimbolo says:

    A police kumalizana ntchito nonkha nonkha.Head must protect his junior in the system. Pali border pa RUKULU or KWIWE.Is there ban that say do not take maize through Rukulu or Kwiwe..Bwanji Chaponda Peter sanamumange .Inu kumangana za ziiii ,anzanu atenga K10,000,Chaponda atenga K200,000,000.Ndiye Upolice ndi mbola.

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