TWENTY-EIGHT trucks laden with maize that were intercepted at Mwami border for almost a month have been driven to the Food Reserve Agency(FRA) sheds under the tight security in Chipata District of Eastern Province.
The trucks which bare foreign number plates were on Tuesday afternoon driven from Mwami border to FRA sheds within the border town.
Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu confirmed that the trucks were parked at FRA sheds for safety keeping.
The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) at Mwami border impounded 28 trucks laden with maize and maize products destined for export to Malawi.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said the issue of smuggling of maize and mealie meal into Malawi should be stopped.
And Mr Zulu has commended Chipata District Farmers Association (CDFA) for implementing governance projects that affect all citizens in one way or another.
The district commissioner said in a speech read on his behalf by District Administrative Officer Kapembwa Sikazwe at the closure of a consultative meeting that community participation and governance remains the cornerstone for prudent management of public affairs and ensuring that the outcome benefits the people of Zambia.
He said Government introduced platforms to good governance through the production of decentralisation policy.
“And this policy cannot be implemented effectively if there are no coordinated structures at the grassroot levels,” he said.
“What CDFA is doing is providing all the ministries involved and other service providers key for better coordination and collaboration for effective service delivery to the community members,”Mr Zulu said.