Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said the trucks suspected to be carrying about 600 by 50 kilogramme bags each have been impounded on suspicion of smuggling the staple food outside the country.
Mr Kasolo who inspected the trucks at Mwami border on Monday redirected the trucks from Mwami border to a ZNS camp in Chipata where officers would conduct a thorough inspection of the maize before appropriate action can be taken.
The two trucks had some export documents missing while the maize was suspected to be this year’s harvest originating from Chipata.
The Permanent secretary explained that Government has not authorized the export of this year’s maize harvest and that he would engage experts from the Ministry of Agriculture to check the moisture content and verify if it was for 2015/2016 maize harvest.
Mr Kasolo said that no one has been permitted to export this year’s maize and that even the previous year’s harvest should have valid export permits before it could be exported.
And during a media briefing in his office in Chipata yesterday, Mr Kasolo warned civil servants against going against the code of ethics by participating in partisan politics.
He said it was sad to hear some reports that nine civil servants in Katete, eight civil servants in Mambwe and six civil servants in Petauke were actively campaigning for the opposition political parties.
Mr Kasolo said once the investigations were concluded, he would discipline the erring civil servants who were going against the code of ethics.
“There are disturbing reports that some civil servants in Katete, Petauke and Mambwe are currently campaigning for the opposition political parties. Nevertheless investigations are underway,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said it was also disappointing that Chipata Municipal Council was involved in the allocation of plots even in undesignated places.
He said it was sad to hear the reports that places have been allocated in front of Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and St Annes Cemetery which was not suppose to be the case.
Mr Kasolo also said Government would construct the university in Katete stating that beacons have already been erected.
The permanent secretary also revealed that Eastern Province was participating in the trade affair in the tourism sector after Eastern, Luapula, Northern and Muchinga were merged in the Northern Circuit.