Chitipa Magistrate court has ordered immediate release of all trucks impounded on allegations that they were smuggling maize to the Malawi’s neighbouring countries of Tanzania and Kenya.
“Yes its true the court has released all the vehicles suspected to be smuggling maize on condition that the businessmen should not sell the maize,” said our source.
The businessmen have since commended the Judiciary for the development as they have been complaining that their trucks were deteriorating since they were being held with maize load.
They accused Police of violatingthe laws since the vehicles were not impounded at the border but within the country.
Malawi National Police Headquarters Public Relations Officer James Kadadzera in an interview with Nyasa Times confirmed that the vehicles were impounded not at the border.
“The vehicles were not at the border they were even far from the border but we suspected that they were intending to smuggle maize to neighbouring countries after noting that the tonnage was too huge for Chitipa alone.
“Only court will have the final say on these issues but currently we are treating the case as any case,” aaid Kadadzera.
Some transporters says the seizure was unlawful saying there is no law restricting internal maize movement.
Malawi Police confiscated 17 trucks loaded with bags of maize.
The case has been adjourned to May this year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :