Police in Chambishi yesterday detained a driver Stanley Mutambo of a Toyota Ipsum registration number ACP 4882 for being in possession of 29 by 10kg bags of mealie meal and a 1 by 125 kg bag of roller meal.
The incident happened when the suspicious PF Mwambashi ward councillor, Rodgers Kapembwa, impounded the vehicle and reported the matter to police.
At the police the driver explained that he was hired by an unknown person to go and ferry the contraband to Zambia Compound for the reason of re-pre packing the mealie meal into smaller packs popularly known as pamela.
Meanwhile, Kalulushi District Commissioner, Ken Siachisumo, has cautioned members of the public not to buy more than two bags of mealie meal to avoid causing artificial shortage of the commodity in the area.
Mr Siachisumo has been on record sensitising communities – both traders and buyers of mealie meal – to be rationing to ensure that there was no shortage of the staple food in the area.
For the recent past, Kalulushi, just like any other town, has been facing non-availability of mealie meal in many outlets causing panic among the residents.