POLICE in Chililabombwe have impounded two diplomatic minibuses presumed to belong to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which were allegedly being used for smuggling bags of mealie meal from Zambia via Kasumbalesa border post.
The Police Officers manning Kasumbalesa border post also intercepted a Zambian truck and a DRC truck after they attempted to smuggle about 70 bags of mealie meal concealed in Cerelac baby food boxes that were being transported from Lusaka to the DRC.
Confirming the development, Chililabombwe District Commissioner, Timothy Musonda told ZANIS that the development was as a result of intensified border patrols aimed at curbing mealie meal smuggling which has become rampant through the boder area.
Mr. Musonda said the drivers of the two diplomatic minibuses allegedly belonging to the DRC government escaped with the keys of the buses, making it impossible for the Police to open them and determine the number of bags of mealie meal that were about to be smuggled.
The two minibuses bearing registration numbers 4CD 62Z and 4CD 44Z respectively, are currently packed at Kasumbalesa Police Post.
And police also impounded two truck at the same border. He said the two trucks were intercepted while the owners were off-loading the bags of mealie meal from the Zambian truck onto the Congolese truck on the pretext that the consignment was cerelac baby food.
The registration number of the Zambian truck is ABJ 7484 while that of the Congolese truck is KT BE 2161. Both trucks are packed at Kasumbalesa border post.
Mr. Musonda said the impounded mealie meal would be sold to the local residents. He hailed the Police for their tireless efforts in curbing smuggling which poses a threat to national food security.