Ntcheu West MP Mwayi Kamuyambeni on Saturday morning appeared before Ntcheu police to answer questions on allegations that he was involved in the smuggling of 50 maize from an Admarc depot in the district.
Ntcheu police spokesperson Gift Matewere confirmed Kamuyambeni was summoned at the police station at 8 am on Saturday but refused to give details.
Kamuyambeni said he was called at the police station but was vague on why the police called him.
However district governor for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Ntcheu Weston Kaphodza Ngozo said the police are investigating the legislator after two Admarc clerks at Ncheu Admarc depot mentioned him in a 50 bag maize deal.
The police had earlier arrested the clerks when they failed to account for the bags of maize, which, Ngozo, alleged, they had sold to the member of parliament whom he said was pressing for 100 bags to distribute to hunger stricken victims in his constituency.
Kamuyambeni was immediately released after the questioning.
Nyasa Times has learnt that some women have resorted to sleeping at Admarc depots in anticipation that scarce staple maize would come and buy at the cheap price of K110 per kg as opposed to vendors who are selling the commodity at K900 per kg.
People at Admarc are allowed to buy not more than 20 kg of maize per person per day.
Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza has blamed Admarc officials and vendors for the scarcity of maize in Admarc depots.
Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Felix Jumbe said the situation is dire and government needed to move swiftly to deal with lack of maize in Admarc depots.