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K120 million National Food Reserve Agency maize sold in Tanzania

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It has emerged that maize carried by 14 trucks meant for the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) in Lilongwe was sold in Tanzania.

The trucks were assigned to deliver K120 million worth of the grain from Karonga and Rumphi Admarc depots.

The details came out in court Tuesday when the two accused, Smollet Kachere and Lucky Singini, were brought to court to be formally charged.

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The two were arrested by police on Monday.

During the court appearance, Senior Magistrate Shukran Kumbani Nyirenda read the charges, which included theft.

According to the details, between August and September this year, Kachere and Singini were hired by NFRA to transport maize.

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Instead of delivering it to NFRA, they rerouted it to Tanzania where it was sold.

Lawyer representing the two, Chrispine Sibande, asked the court to give them bail.

“We would like the court to consider granting bail to the accused because they still have an obligation to continue transportation of maize. Some of the maize is currently being reconciled. They have permanent residence and cannot jump bail,” Sibande said.

But State Prosecutor Cecelia Zangazanga pleaded with the court to give the state seven days to conclude their investigations.

“We are pleading with the court not to release the two as police are yet to interview the driver who took the maize to Tanzania,” Zangazanga said.

According to Zangazanga the two are flight risks and can also interfere with witnesses.

The court has reserved its ruling on the bail application.

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