Chirundu PF on mealie meal smuggling alert

By Nation Reporter

THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Chirundu has threatened that it will start impounding tracks suspected to be in the syndicate of smuggling maize and Mealie Meal to Zimbabwe which has been causing artificial shortage of the staple food in the country.

Chirundu district PF chairman Kennedy Mubanga has disclosed that some businessmen were allegedly involved in the smuggling of maize and mealie meal to Zimbabwe through the Chirundu boarder.

Mr Mubanga said the ruling party in the district was deeply concerned with the escalation of smuggling activities at Chirundu boarder which he said was porous.

Mr Mubanga said the number of illegal maize and mealie meal exporters was worryingly growing and has asked the authorities to tighten the management of the border.

He said the ruling party would have no choice but to start impounding trucks suspected to be carrying either maize or mealie meal crossing into Zimbabwe if the scourge was not going to be stopped.

He said in a statement to the Daily Nation yesterday that there was a critical shortage of mealie meal in Chirundu and that the commodity was being sold at an exorbitant price unaffordable to many families.

Mr Mubanga said the PF was alert that trucks loaded with either maize or mealie meal were being allowed to cross the Chirundu boarder in the night to avoid inspection at the border.

“We are aware that trucks loaded with either maize or mealie meal is being allowed to cross the Chirundu border in the cover of the night to avoid inspection. . The truckers often wait until it is dark before they start crossing the Chirundu border and there had been a lot of accidents in the mountainous Zimbabwean roads,” Mr Mubanga said.

Mr Mubanga has warned that Chirundu residents aiding the smuggling of maize and mealie meal to Zimbabwe risked being surrendered to the law enforcement agencies.

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