Malawi Police chief Kachama implicated in maize smuggling

As the government is struggling to control the illegal externalization of the country’s staple food, maize, it’s been established that the syndicate involves the head of the Malawi Police Service, Inspector General Lexten Kachama.

Two of Kachama’s trucks that were impounded for smuggling maize

Kachama, has in the last two weeks demoted officers who impounded tens of trucks that were illegally exporting maize out of Malawi.

The impounded trucks include two that belong to Malawi’s top cop.

On 26th March this year, Police in Chitipa intercepted 17 trucks and arrested its drivers on suspicion of smuggling 270 tones of maize to the neighboring Zambia and Tanzania.

And two days later, on the 28th of March, Police in Karonga impounded 26 trucks that were hauling maize to Tanzania.

The truckloads were intercepted a day after President Peter Mutharika ordered the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to ensure that maize and tobacco does not cross the borders of Malawi.

According to our investigations, Kachama’s trucks involved in the racket are; LL 6440 driven by Lemiton Chavula and LL 6255 driven by Madalitso Mgumba.

Each one of them was caught trying to smuggle out 300 bags of the staple food.

Both drivers confessed to Police investigators that the impounded maize and trucks belonged to the head of the Malawi Police Service.

The two 15 ton Man Diesel trucks were bought by Kachama about a year ago parked in his compound for several weeks before they were eventually registered in the name of his son in-law, Frank Banda.

Banda is married to Chikondi Kachama, daughter to the Inspector General of Police.

He operates business interests on behalf of Inspector General Kachama under the trade name; Kings Group.

Following the professional conduct of the Police in Karonga and Chitipa that saw some of Kachama’s trucks being impounded in what can be described as abuse of office, the Inspector General of Police has reacted by swiftly transferring and demoting all the leading officers involved in the impounding of the trucks.

We have established that the Officer In-Charge of Chitipa Police Station Snr Assistant Commissioner R.D. Mpeta who supervised the operation that saw the impounding of Kachama’s two trucks has been demoted and transferred to Kasungu Police Station as a Station Officer.

The Deputy Officer In-Charge at Chitipa Police in Assistant Commissioner Grey Chimphepo has also been demoted to a General Duties officer and immediately transferred to Zomba.

For supervising the impounding of trucks involved in this illegal trade in Karonga, Officer In-Charge at Karonga, Sekani Tembo has also been abruptly removed and posted to Nkhatabay with immediate effect.

Apart from Inspector General Kachama involved in this illegal trade, other impounded trucks include those of Rumphi Legislator Kamlepo Kalua and Mzimba Parliamentarian Harry Mkandawire.

Other companies involved in the smuggling include vehicles belonging to Almeida Transport, Farmers World and Export Trading Company, organizations that are largely owned by Asians.

According to border officials in both Karonga and Chitipa, the syndicate also involve smaller vehicles that transfer across the border the maize.

These vehicles includes; RU 5248 for victor Mhoni, MH 5753 for Johmerry Ndaisaba and MC 5432 belonging to Alefeyo Banda.

Malawi is said to be having huge stalks of maize this year and traders have been illegally exporting maize to foreign countries that have been hit by hunger.

The Malawi staple food is said to be selling well in Burundi at an equivalent of about K525 per kilogramme, South Sudan at K450. Prices are also said to be well in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda at an average of about K277.

In Malawi, maize is currently selling around K250 per kilogramme. President Peter Mutharika has directed that all vehicles smuggling maize out of Malawi be impounded to avoid creating maize scarcity and hunger in the country.

Memories are still fresh in most Malawians when in 2001, Government was ill-advised by the IMF to sell its grain reserves to Kenya only to have the country buy yellow maize from the same Kenya at a much higher price the following growing season when famine struck. Many Malawians are reported to have died of hunger that year.

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32 thoughts on “Malawi Police chief Kachama implicated in maize smuggling”

  1. Dum Magulajena. says:

    Chaponda anabanduka, Mulumbe anabandukanso Kachama nayenso afwamphuke.

  2. mtete says:

    It’s a case of ‘Making Hay While The Sun Shines’ Everyone in this administration would like to amass as much wealth as possible while the going is good. Why not? People are emulating the Big Fish. Lero Tilipo Mawa Palibe.

    That said, all these exporters have export licences, I am sure. HE is being over zealous. There is lots of maize and the last time I checked it was selling at K50 per kg in some areas. We can make a few dollars by exporting.

  3. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Ntumbuka Kamlepo Kalua and Ntumbuka Harry Mkandawire are in the same group of smugglers together with bamwenya! But tumbukas only…sha!

  4. fvk says:

    My truck was hired by maize traders 2 weeks ago from Lilongwe to Karonga and ended up in police hands ati is involved in smuggling maize to Tz.
    Am a transporter like son inlaw to the IG.

  5. concerned Citizen says:

    Onse ndiakuba, IG ndi ana ake. They know each other.

  6. “Tinkanena adathira mu sizi”.Akulu adyera ali involved in illigal exportation of maize while there is export ban of maize.Ndipo kuti boma lizilora traders to be buying maize from poor farmers thru local vendors uyenela kutha.Big caprits are Asians…Farmers World,Export Trading, Trans Globe and other Malawians.Bwanji azigula mbeu zina NOT MAIZE. a President ntchito ndiyanutu ukhwimitsa malamulo m’dziko muno.Zosezi anazikolosa ndi Chaponda.Kulibe dziko muno mu Africa and elsewhere amalekelera zinthu ngati ku Malawi.Zambia Gvt plays no nonsense about its essential commodities like boma la Malawi limachitila.Ku Malawi kuno a maudindo pa utsogoleri koma dyera ndi kulota ndale basi ndizo amadziwa.Shame! Why cant Malawi borrow a leaf from Tanzania? President Mugufuri changed living standards of his people in just six months when he took over ruling mantle in that country.Thereafter president Mugufuri concentrated on strategic national infrastructure developments beneficial to people of Tanzania.Tangopitani mukaone or mufuse zika za ku Tanzania akutsimikizilani what am saying.Za dziko la Malawi zikukanikabe…..Komano adziwa ndi Mulungu.

  7. khanyiziral says:

    Waatenga kuti ma truck wa police?

  8. karonga says:

    One gets jail term for losing a gun while sleeping on the job. Unfortunate police man! Another loses a job because of K4000 bribe. Very unfortunate and no future. Yet another one is dismissed because of nude photos going viral on the internet. Integrity compromised perhaps, very sorry. Now here is someone smuggling maize out of the country, what punishment does he deserve? Death is the best because the crime is very grave as compared to the three scenarios above. APM chop his head because what this man is doing is total mischief and disloyalty to government. If he can act against your orders, does he have respect for you? If he can demote and transfer officers doing the rightful duties to cover up his own involvement in maize smuggling, is he fit to be the police boss? Ameneyu ndi kapilikoni basi not worthy to be the IG. Peter should act accordingly, and the time is now!

    1. Gibho says:

      Tithandizeni akuluakulu a malamulo
      Police officer fired of losing a gun later found
      Police officer fired of K4000 bribe
      Inspector general of police akuthamanga ndi ma dhillu a chimanga koma akupitiliza vepi??????tiuzeni zoona

  9. Drake says:

    I doubt the truth on this story, the IG can not be so stupid to involve himself with such nosense
    please dont implicate innocent people. Those who have been demoted in the Police deserve it due to corruption

  10. MYAO says:

    WERE THESE TRUCKS HIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT SERVICES OR THEY BELONG TO THE MAIZE TRADERS????
    SEEMS PALI KA UMBULI PANG’ONO NDI MMENE NKHANIYI YALEMBEDWERA!!!

  11. Bambo ateleza says:

    Kwanunkha tonde,vyafikapo chipwirikiti mwekha mwekha…….chivundungwere chauka.Zekha zekha mchiwaya,,,,,,kanthu akoooooooo,mkate mteuli…..

  12. CIVIL SERVANT says:

    you reporters do not know the meaning of demotion in police terms. When we say someone has been demoted it means that person has had his rank changed from a higher rank to a lower rank. these transfers you are talking about are not demotions as the ranks of the officers remain the same – only their duties have been changed

  13. Mkapu says:

    Kamlepo and Harry dont own trucks.
    Propaganda ya ddp

  14. JUSTICE MUST BE DONE. APM MUST INTERVENE. THOSE POLICE MEN WERE
    JUST DOING THEIR WORK NORMALLY. DEMOTING THEM SHOWS IGNORANCE
    & LACK OF LOVE. DO WE HATE SOMEONE WHO IS DOING JUSTICE? NOOO!
    IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN MALAWI WILL REALLY NOT DEVELOP. WHY OPPRESSING
    THE TRUTH? GOD HIMSELF WILL INTERVENE. FOR THOSE WHO ARE DEMOTED,
    ILLEGALLY TRANSFERRED, OR SHOUTED AT DO NOT WORRY MUCH. GOD IS
    SEEING WHAT IS HAPPENING. JUST KEEP ON PRAYING TO HIM SO THAT HE CAN
    INTERVENE. ‘ IF AN ELDERLY MAN IS DOING BAD THINGS, HOW CAN HE TEACH YOUNG MEN?

  15. Bernard says:

    THIS news is totaly false, because one of the cars and name implicated the BT 2939 for Glyn Salima, l know this guy from Blantyre and he stays here this BT 2939 its a sedan car a Mazda Axella so tell me how can this car carry maize as it has been put

    1. Nyopex says:

      Muulula zambiri apa. Fake reg numbers here. RTD igwirepo ntchito apa.

    2. Criminal A says:

      Mwawerenga nkhani yomweyi?

  16. pixy says:

    Kamlepo nakubwebwetuka kwako ngati iwe ndiwe mlunji wachita vichi appa sono?Uyennera kulangidwa basi.

  17. Nicholus says:

    There is no stollen maize bu thing and selling is normal if is dane in proper way

  18. Hoosen says:

    Mr chejinji. Those police officers who operates minbus business do so cos its legal business. We r talking about maize smglin which is illigal.

  19. KC says:

    IG should be arrested

  20. KC says:

    So why IG demotes them instead of promotion

    1. pixy says:

      Why ????

  21. KC says:

    So why IG demotes them instead of promotion??? Shupiti

  22. Kaka says:

    Kkkkk Malawi for Sale

  23. Chejinji says:

    Leave the IG alone we know a police a traffic ali ndi ma minibus simuwagwira oro atapalamula ndiye mwati mumuwonelele munthu wamkulu muwotcha nazo manja

  24. Harawara says:

    This is another test for APM. What is going to do with Kachama? By asking Army to man the borders APM knew that Police could not do it efficiently because now the police are scared to stop IG’s truck. I would ask APM to promote those courageous policemen who stopped IG’s trucks. That is brevity that Malawi needs. Men and women who have the courage to say NO. to illegal trade.

    For Kalua and Harry, they are hypocrites, trading out a commodity that their constituents would need in lean season. They love money more than their subjects. They are wolves who like to go and steal from poor people so that later they see them coming to their homes with empty bowls begging for food. Agents of Lucifer! God, burn their souls in the hottest part of hell

  25. Nsanje says:

    IG sanabe Chimanga actually he bought the maize and because there is no market in Mw he is justifiable like any other businessman to find market for the commodities. Leave the traders alone be ashamed. You refused to buy Maize from private traders and opted to buy from Zambia and South America now these people are stranded with the maize they want to sell to recover their money you impound their trucks si ufiti umeneu inu a DPP inuyo handle chimanga cha Admark ndi ma reserves leave the rest to the traders. Are you not ashamed that people are shunning admarc maize asiyeni a Malawi atukuke please sikuti onse angakwanise ma cashgate anuwo

    1. Odala says:

      Walasa tchende nyani

  26. Chaponda says:

    Ask us from Karonga.those who have been demoted employ writers to send bad picture of IG.Maize is for traders and transport arrangement is between traders and drivers .IG does not know wherever his trucks go.These are just pains of Demotions.They were collecting K200,000 for a truck to cross to TZ ,these demoted policemen .You can confirm with Chitipa traders.Asalire

    1. yobe says:

      The rest are thieves

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