Police in Kitwe have impounded a truck loaded with 576 by 25kg bags of mealie meal suspected to be destined for resale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The truck was intercepted along the Kitwe-Chingola road near Nakadoli market in Kitwe.
The Driver of the truck however said the truck was destined for Mbala district where the mealie meal was supposed to be used for brewing opaque beer.
Kitwe District Officer- Commanding Edwin Chisi who confirmed the development to ZANIS today said the police acted after receiving a tip from the District Commissioner’s office and mobilized officers who intercepted and impounded the truck yesterday.
Mr Chisi said the police will not relent in curbing crime especially the smuggling of the staple food into the neighbouring countries.
He said the police have since instituted investigations into the matter to establish full details on the true destination of the truck.
And Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe said government will not tolerant any person bent on exploiting the citizenry.
Mr Kabwe assured the country that his office will issue a statement on the matter when he receives a comprehensive report from the police.
And driver of the truck Mulenga Sinyangwe said the mealie meal was bought from Kapoto market in Kwacha constituency and admitted that he did not have documentation to support the bulk buying of the mealie-meal.
Mr Sinyangwe said the mealie meal was meant for re-selling in Mbala which was hit by the shortage of the staple food for the past three weeks.
He further explained that the mealie-meal belonged to Abercorn Brewery and that it was meant for production of opaque beer.
A check by ZANIS at the District Police offices found a truck registration number ACT 9826 loaded with five hundred and seventy six bags of mealie meal.
The truck is currently parked at police district offices as investigations are still underway.
Smuggling of mealie-meal into neighbouring countries has lately been cited as one of the reasons for the shortage of the staple food in Zambia.