President Peter Mutharika has fired warning shots to politicians influencing the sale of maize in Admarc markets.
Mutharika said this as he opened a Cotton Ginnery factory in Balaka.
President Mutharika said the government would deal severely with any politician caught politicising the sale of maize at tax payers funded Admarc markets.
His comment comes weeks after an graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) that say some politicians in southern region were influencing the sale of maize in Admarc depots.
ACB officials said they had seen influential politicians in groups with their party followers at Admarc depots.
The ACB did not mention a party linked to the politically influenced selling of maize at Admarc depots but Nyasa Times understands its the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
President Mutharika did not say what punishment the politicians would get but courts have been fining money ranging from K10000 to K15000 for those successfully prosecuted in dubious purchase of maize.
Meanwhile, Karonga Admarc depot reopened on Monday afternoon after a dozen armed police guarded the depot following a fracas which happened earlier that day.
The people broke into the storerooms which store the bags of maize accusing the authorities of conniving with vendors to sell the maize hence the slow movements of the queues.
Authorities at the Admarc depot blamed the long queues to many people who came to buy maize saying the depot at the boma was the only market with maize the whole district.
Minister of Information Jappie Mhango said maize could not be offloaded in other Admarc market outlets due to bad conditions of roads.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the influential Catholic church at Karonga Diocese described as inhumane for people especially women and children to spend hours on end to access just a 20kg of maize at Admarc depots.
Maize in Admarc depots sells at K5500 per 50kg, vendors are selling the same bag at K9000.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :