Two nabbed in Karonga over illegal fuel

Police in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga on Monday arrested Baker’s Pride driver and assistance for illegally transporting over 2,000 litters of petroleum products without a license.

The vehicle which carried petrol and diesel at police station in Karonga

The vehicle which carried petrol and diesel at police station in Karonga.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

28 drums of petrol and diesel at karonga police station

28 drums of petrol and diesel at Karonga police station.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Karonga Police Station Officer Almakio Daka identified the suspects as George Mambuli 37 of Mabuka village Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje and Mark Mhango 32 of Traditional Authority Mwalweni in Rumphi.

According to Daka, the vehicle registration number BS 3110 was distributing bakery products to its customers at Songwe border and when coming back the car carried 28 drums of petrol and diesel.

He said police arrested the two after “a tip off from the public.”

“We set up a road block and after searching the car which had crates of bread, we found 28 assorted drums of both petrol and diesel of 2160 litters.”

During interrogation, the driver told police that the vehicle was just transporting the products.

“According to the driver, they were asked to transport the fuel to Rumphi at Chinyolo trading centre, however failed to identify the owners of the products as such we are now investigating the owners while keeping the two in custody and  detaining the vehicle together with the 28 drums are at  our police station,” Daka said.

Daka expressed worry with the conduct saying “it is so bad that a vehicle which carries food is also indulged into transporting illegal goods especially fuel which is dangerous to people’s healthy.”

According to police spokesman,  this is not the first time the vehicle has been involved in the wrong side of the law as last year the same vehicle was found smuggling cattle.

The value of the petroleum products has been estimated to be at one million Malawi kwacha.

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14 thoughts on “Two nabbed in Karonga over illegal fuel”

  1. AKaliramanda says:

    Aaaaaah iwe Bikironi monga uziwa diluyi ndifukwa chosowa mafuta. Iii-iii-iii,aaaaah palibe chibwibwi apa tangoti check this awutu!

  2. Cholakwika apa palibe,zikanakhala kuti waba ikanakhalaso njila yina.mumasuleni alibe chifukwatu uyu.

  3. Driver wa Bakers pride anangonyamula Kuti apezepo kabuledi-mmasuleni. Mwini wake mafuta amakatamuka mu diluyi-nayenso mmasule. Osamakondera. Dilu yamafuta ndi Malawi yonse. Amasuleni mwasowa woti mmunjate. Check this outu!

  4. atambwali says:

    Khalani phe, Fuel ameneyo alowa mumagalimota a police or kugulitsidwanso. as we are talking may be its already gone.

  5. Mbanangwa says:

    I see no case here! Fuel in Tanzania is cheaper than here in Malawi. How do these poor people make a living ? It their own hard earned wisdom to get more money in this biting economy. Ndiye mumangenso onse omwe amakawoda zavala ku TZ.

  6. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    You go to Nkhotakota Boma there is a signpost for the black market filling station which has been in operation many years.

  7. Nasrif Mhone says:

    Zopusa I Do Not Think Kuwamanga Anthuyo U Have Sort The Problem All What I Know Is In Malawi We Have Fuel Crisis Ndemukamange A President

  8. wa ganyu says:

    If you want illegal fuel go to makata industrial site in Blantyre where it Is sold in the presence of police. The police vehicles also come and fuel from there so what do u expect the public to do. If the law enforcers are involved in the wrong practice so what is expected by the offenders?? Police themselves violate the law and set a bad example to the public. No fear indeed!! What a pity to where the warm heart of Africa is heading to. May the almighty intervene. God bless our beautiful nation.

  9. GANGAMFUNO says:

    FUEL KUNO KU MALAWI NDICHINTHU CHODULA TIMATHANDIZIKA NDI ANTHU NGATI AMENEWO ATAYENI BASI

  10. MMALAWI says:

    this z stupid.the officer incharge @ chilumba police usually ask fuel 4rm anthu amadilu othira mgalimoto yake daily azimpatsa 5l evn galimoto yapolice amathira ndi anthu.atayeni awo kagwireni mtonga,gwengwe ndi kachali

  11. Sidix says:

    A Police a kuno ku Blantyre amangodziona izi. Illegal sale of fuel is done inview of the Police. Inu ku mpoto mumakhomelerana kwambiri ndi pa ntchito pomwe.

  12. jbm says:

    Kuno ku Bt illegal fuel is sold in the watch of the police monga pa police ya Kabula pa 4 square,pa Injena as we go to chirimba.ndima filling station okhazikika nde pali chani apa ingowamasulani awo.

  13. Tito says:

    Or mutachotsa commentiyo as you usually do to protect your chief cashgater nanda so mumadyela limodzi mwayalukanazo.

  14. Tito says:

    Palibe mlandu apa. Which law prohibits buying and transporting fuel in drums. Their only crime probably is failure to bribe policemen at the roadblock. A police kazikafunani cashgater Joyce Banda ngati mwasowa woti mumumange..

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