As fuel crisis continues to hit Malawi, Ndirande Police in the populous township, is busy cashing in on the commodity by collecting money from black market traders instead of arresting them.
Police at Ndirande Sub Station have knowledge of all the people that keep and sell fuel on the black market and officers collect K 1 500 per day from each seller instead of arresting them.
Sources from the police station who are against the malpractice disclosed that the deal has been going on for some time now.
“We know all the people who keep and sell fuel in their homes. Some officers go to those places even during day to collect K1 500 from each person. They go there in uniform as if they want to arrest such people,” a senior police officer disclosed.
The officer said some traders are near Kachere Primary School in the township where even government vehicles including those from Malawi Defense Force, Malawi Prisons Department and others go to sell fuel.
The officer said other black market traders are in Goliyo location and around the PTC in the township.
“The traders are almost everywhere even at Chimseu centre. I must confess that as police we are failing to do our work to arrest such people. It is difficult to make arrests when such people are backed by bosses,” said the officer.
Another officer said fuel prices in the area are as high as K3 000 for five litres instead of the pump cost of K1 500.