Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has told a media briefing that the millers whose contracts have been terminated and blacklisted include one from Lusaka, two from central province and one from Northern Province.
He said that the millers have been transporting mealie meal to border towns with the intention of exporting the mealie meal in breach of the contract terms.
Mr. Lubinda has since warned other millers against breaching the terms of the contracts signed with the FRA or risk having their contracts terminated and blacklisted for two years.
Mr. Lubinda said that government has seized the 28 trucks marooned at Mwami border laden with maize destined for export without export permits.
And preliminary investigations of the 28 trucks each laden with 1,200 bags of maize which are marooned at Mwami Border Post in Chipata District of Eastern Province reveals that they have no proper documentations.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo told a media briefing in his office in Chipata on Wednesday that preliminary investigations have revealed that the trucks which were enroute to Malawi had no proper documentations.
Mr Kasolo said the investigations wings were still investigating the matter so that a final conclusion could be arrived at.
“The preliminary investigations over the 28 trucks intercepted at Mwami Border have revealed that they had no documentations to allow their exit. The trucks will be at the border until a final conclusion over the matter,” he said.
He said he would not allow the trucks to exit the country until proper documentation by the company in question present proper documentations.
“But again if I have noticed that the province needs the same maize I will not allow the maize to be taken to another place but to be given to Eastern Province,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said he would follow the directives given to him by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda to ensure that the impounded maize did not leave the border until investigations were concluded.
He also said Petauke District was apportioned with more than 800 metric tonnes under the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) because of the hunger situation in the area.
Mr Kasolo said relief food in Petauke was being distributed by Redcross and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN).
He said they would be no one who is going to die from hunger in the province because of the measures which had put up by the Government.
He said similarly other districts in the province have been given relief food for the benefits of the people.
Mr Kasolo has also castigated some local contractors for underperforming of works in various infrastructure developments.
He said some contractors who were being given contractors by the Government had done shoddy in which he declared that his office is not going to pay such people.
Mr Kasolo has also assured people who would be removed on farm 8890 because Government would be given land.
He said the Government would use the land for putting up of the commercial milling plant by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) under the Presidential Initiative programme.
He said even Chief Chinyaku of the Ngoni people had also given the people a green light to the people who were occupying the land.