POLICE in Kitwe have apprehended four people and impounded a truck loaded with more than 500 x 25 kilogrammes of mealie-meal which was suspected to be destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The truck was impounded on Monday night around 21.00hours at a house in Kwacha township on Kazembe road where it was being loaded.
Kitwe District Commissioner (DC) Chanda Kabwe said this was after a tip-off from members of the public.
He said four people have since been apprehended and are detained at various police Stations in Kitwe and would soon appear in court.
“Yes, I can confirm that on Monday night, our police officers acting on a tip-off from members of the public impounded a truck which was being loaded with mealie-meal at one of the houses in Kwacha township on Kazembe road. We suspect the mealie-mealie was being loaded in readiness to be smuggled into the DRC.
“The truck, is a MAN truck which was being loaded with various brands of mealie-meal, but most of it, was mealie-meal from Mpongwe Milling. So people became suspicious when they saw mealie-meal being loaded from a house at night and they tipped our law enforcement officers,” Mr Kabwe said.
He warned that illegal businesses that are contributing to the artificial shortage of mealie-meal in the city of Kitwe would be crushed and that whoever was involved in the cartel of creating artificial shortage of the commodity would face the wrath of the law.
Mr Kabwe said he was aware that desperate politicians who wanted to create an impression that the PF government had brought hunger in the country, were creating an artificial shortage of mealie-meal through their involvement in many illegal activities such as smuggling of the commodity to other countries and buying the commodity in bulk.
“As a city, law enforcement officers and other patriotic Zambians are working hard to ensure that those who want to create an artificial shortage of mealie-meal through smuggling of the commodity to other countries face the wrath of the law.
“The impounding of the truck in Kwacha township is a warning signal that those who think they are clever, they are not clever and it is a matter of time before the law catches up with them,” he said.