Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Police avert smuggling of over 1,000 bags of mealie meal in Ndola

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Police in Ndola have impounded over 1000 bags of 25 kg breakfast mealie meal destined for smuggling to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Copperbelt Province Police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the mealie meal was found packed in two tipper trucks at a massamy garage owned by Baldwin Muhammad a Somalian national.

“Facts are that on Friday august 11 2023 around 04:00hours the anti-smuggling task force received information from concerned members of the public that there were two tipper trucks suspected to be laden with mealie meal meant to be smuggled into the neighbouring Congo DR,” Mr Mweemba said.

He said no drivers were found at the scene except the security guard and efforts to get in touch with the garage owner proved futile as the phone went unanswered.

Mr Mweemba said some officers were left to safeguard the garage as the Police was working on establishing the owner of the trucks.

Meanwhile a team from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have arrested Mr Muhammad for trying to bribe police officers to leave his garage.

Mr Mweemba confirmed that Mr Muhammed enticed the police officers who were safeguarding the mealie meal at the garage with a sum of K20, 000 per truck.

He said the suspect produced a 15,000 Kwacha as part payment and further promised that the rest of the money was going to be given to the officers later on.

“One of the anti-smuggling team, Inspector Reagan Chibuye, in the presence of others, declined to accept the bribe and he reported the same to the command.

Ndola district police command led by the officer commanding Ndola moved to the garage where Inspector Chibuye surrendered the money accompanied with a note where one of the workers for Mr Muhammad had signed acknowledging having given the said money as bribe for the release of the two trucks laden with mealie meal,” He explained.

He explained that efforts have been made to find means of moving the two trucks to the police and further questioned Mr Muhammad regarding the possession of suspected mealie meal which was assembled for the purpose of smuggling.

Mr Mweemba added that police managed to transport mealie meal from the two Volvo trucks to the Correctional facility trucks and the same was delivered at Kansenshi Police Station where it is being kept as the police set up plans to interrogate the claimant of the mealie meal.

He further added that 1467 × 25kgs bags of mealie meal is what was moved from the trucks to Kansenshi police station while efforts are being made to move the broken-down trucks to the police station.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Yet they are failing to avert the diabolical eviI laws against gays. Upnd will not win 2026 if they don’t legalise lgbt rights

  2. Just a continuation from where Lungu left off..and now its even getting worse especially if you have to keep on lying to the Zambian people…if people can’t afford the basics i.e Food then its better to resign and hand power to someone who can manage the affairs of the country…just insulting infrastructure day in day out….HH should learn to be humble…

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    • We knpw of someone who was called humble but was actually a Mwankole Gassing people while pocketing millions as the country slide into poverty. What is the use of being “humble:”or even declaring Zambia as a Chriostian Nation to hoodwink the people you rule when at the same time you are killing them and steal;ing from them subjecting them to abject povberty?

      And to all tjhose LGBTQ cry babies. If a country passes laes to legalise sin, then that country is rotten to the core. The way Unoitd States has become under Biden.

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  3. We knpw of someone who was called humble but was actually a Mwankole Gassing people while pocketing millions as the country slid into poverty. What is the use of being “humble:”or even declaring Zambia as a Chriostian Nation to hoodwink the people you rule when at the same time you are killing them and steal;ing from them subjecting them to abject poverty?

    And to all those LGBTQ cry babies. If a country passes laws to legalise sin, then that country is rotten to the core. The way United States has become under Biden.

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  4. The mealie Meal is in a packed truck at the garage in Ndola, how is that smuggling? That’s stealing from the owner naimwe, unless you impounded the truck on the road by the checkpoint or at the border nomba in Ndola and you busy saying Congo Congo Nfyonfyofyo!!

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