Zambia: Police in Mpulungu seize trucks laden with maize for smuggling

Updated Mar 3, 2023
Police in Mpulungu District have impounded eight trucks of maize that are allegedly suspected to have been planned for smuggling into
neighboring countries. Northern Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Mpundu disclosed that the maize which was bought from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) in Kasama and destined to Nakonde district was intercepted in Mpulungu district. He says everyone is highly suspicious of how the maize bought by a milling plant in Nakonde could find itself in Mpulungu without proper documentation. He explained that the government decided to offload the maize to milling companies in the country to help reduce mealie meal prices on the market. “The bigger question that begs answers is why the maize that was destined to Nakonde could find its way to Mpulungu, a harbor town that connects countries. So it is highly suspected by all of us that it may have been meant for smuggling” he said. He disclosed that police have since launched investigations into the matter to determine the correct picture. The PS said this in an interview with journalists shortly after discovering the incident. He has since ...
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