KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police this week arrested nine of its officers in the northern border district of Karonga, allegedly for aiding maize smuggling through bribes.

According to sources, the officers are said to have pocketed bribes from illicit traders, who were smuggling maize to east African countries.

The reports add that the officers were receiving money from drivers and owners of maize as they tried to get through the Malawi boarder.

The officers are said to have helped four Lorries and three minibuses, carrying maize for export at the roadblocks of Kapolilo, and Rukuru in Karonga district.

The misconduct follows reports that Malawi maize is fetching high prices in foreign countries, including Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is a development that has excited Malawi exporters.

National Police spokesperson James Kadedzera, confirmed the arrests and said the officers were the ones handling the Kaporo and North Rukuru road blocks.

Kadadzera assured the general that his office will not shield any officer who comes into conflict with the law.

Meanwhile, the police officers are yet to appear in court to answer charges of aiding exportation of protected crop.

The police officers arrest comes barely weeks President Peter Mutharika deployed Malawi Defense Force (MDF) to the borders, to curb smuggling of maize.

The President ordered that all strategic routes to be sealed to ensure that the maize commodity remains in the country.

 

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