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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Mealie-meal smuggling on the increase in Mwense district

General News Mealie-meal smuggling on the increase in Mwense district

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga inspecting mealie meal destined to be smuggled to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By RABECCA CHIPANTA
FILE: Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga inspecting mealie meal destined to be smuggled to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By RABECCA CHIPANTA

Mwense District Commissioner Geoffrey Chipampata has revealed that smuggling of mealie meal from the district into the Democratic Republic of Congo is on the increase.

Mr. Chipampata told ZANIS that members of the community are buying bags of mealie meal in large quantities from local businessmen and later smuggling it into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He implored the community in the district to refrain from the act warning that anyone who would be caught would face the wrath of the law.

Mr. Chipampata has also directed the security wing in the area to intensify patrols and ensure that culprits are brought to book.

He said the border along the Luapula River is porous hence the need for security personnel to intensify patrols along the river.

The Mwense DC further appealed to members of the community to be on the lookout and report any suspicious smugglers to law enforcement agencies.

So far, 70 x 25 Kilogramme bags of mealie meal have been confiscated by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) officers operating in the district.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. People wants to win why can’t you leave them continue smuggling?its business instead of stealing that’s the reason they smuggle fast money.

  2. ZAMBIAN! MEALIE MEAL SMUGGLING IS REAL SIGN OF BIG POTENTIAL BUSINESS. IT IS NOT SOMETHING ZAMBIA SHOULD BE SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS ABOUT. THE SMUGGLING POINTS ARE WELL KNOWN. AND THESE ARE MWENSE AND CB INTO DR CONGO, CHIPATA INTO MALAWI, MPULUNGU INTO DR CONGO, RWANDA, ETC. WHOLE THE GOVERNMENT MUST DO THROUGH IDC IS TO CONSTRUCT STATE-OF-THE-ART HUGE ALL GRAIN AND CASSAVA MILLING PLANTS SIMILAR TO THE SIZE ALONG NEAR NORTHEND CAIRO ROAD IN THOSE PLACES OF SMUGGLING AND GIVE INCENTIVES TO MORE GROWERS OF NOT ONLY MAIZE BUT ALL GRAINS AND CASSAVA. THESE PLANTS MUST PRIMARILY JUST SERVE FOR EXPORT OF THE COMMODITIES TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED COUNTRIES. THAT SHOULD THE END OF SMUGGLING IN STYLE WITH CREATION OF MORE FARMERS AND JOBS. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ZAMBIANS, KANSHI? YOU MEAN THE WHOLE…

  3. IN FACT THOSE SOLAR MILLING PLANTS WERE A SHEER WASTE OF RESOURCES IN TIME AND MONEY. JUST FOUR GIGANTIC MILLING PLANTS WOULD HAVE SOLVED ZAMBIA’S FOOD ISSUE AS WELL AS SMUGGLING. REALLY, HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE US TO LEARN SOLVING EVEN SIMPLE THINGS SUCH AS MEALIE MEAL SMUGGLING AND CHEAP FOOD SAFETY PROBLEMS? ZAMBIA WITH FERTILE SOIL AND COPIUOS SUN AND WATER IS NOT LIKE ISREAL WHERE IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE TO FIRST TURN THE DESERT INTO FARMABLE LAND. DO WE REALLY STILL NEED WHITE PEOPLE TO COME TUTOR US TO SAY, ‘FERTILE LAND, PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AND GOOD SUN SHINE ARE GOOD FOR ANY CROP CULTIVATION’, SURELY?BOTSWANA IS A DESERT BUT THEY DON’T CRY OF FOOD. IN FACT THEY PRODUCE MORE FOOD THAN THEY IMPORT.

  4. Yes this is very huge potential of forex.We have a big market out there were this commodity is selling * 3 times more why cant this Government look at investing in producing more to serve the local and enough for export.

  5. Peter Botswana I don’t see good land just small street a lot of donkeys in Botswana, I just like their cleanliness of the towns. Other soil is very poor rural and urban area I have seen big trees like zim bulawayo up to plamtree.

    • @7 Saul Weston. I KNOW BOTSWANA VERY MUCH MANY A TSWANA IN VILLAGES, FOR YOUR OWN INFORMATION PRODUCE MAIZE AND THE TSWANA GOVT BETWEEN 1980s AND 1990s PUT UP MILLING PLANTS (BY FAR BETTER THAN THE 2016 SOLAR PLANTS IN ZAMBIA) IN RURAL AREAS WHERE RURAL DWELLERS GO TO HAVE THEIR MAIZE MILLED INTO MEALIE MEAL. ZAMBIANS WHO HAVE LIVED IN BOTSWANA (SPECIALLY TEACHERS WHO WERE POSTED IN RURAL AREAS) MAY BARE ME WITNESS. IT IS SOMETHING I HAVE SEEN IN VILLAGES IN BOTSWANA BY MY OWN EYE. BETTER SOLAR PLANTS IN BOTSWANA CAME A LONG TIME AGO. PRETTY SURE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO THEIR TSWANA RURAL AREAS. I USED TO GO AS FAR AS LEPORUNG. SO, I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

    • Ok I have been in their towns I have been seeing rural areas passing on the road from town to town seeing a lot of donkeys,goats and cows.meaning those I saw near towns.

  6. Peter Botswana I don’t see good land just small street a lot of donkeys in Botswana, I just like their cleanliness of the towns. Other soil is very poor rural and urban area I havent seen big trees even zim bulawayo up to plamtree.

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