Cops pursue ex-Chama DC over maize

POLICE in Eastern Province have launched a manhunt for former Chama District Commissioner Cindy Mutale Mpundu with her accomplice for allegedly selling 5,190 x 50 kilogrames bags of maize belonging to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).

Provincial Commissioner of Police Grace Chipalila said in Chipata yesterday that police had concluded the investigations into the bags of maize that went missing in Chama District.

Ms Chipalila alleged Ms Mpundu together with another woman identified as Dorothy Mbewe of New Houses township in Chama had between September 9 and September 10  sold 5,190 bags of maize valued at K337 million.

The commissioner who was flanked by her deputy Anderson Chengo told Journalists that the police had also discovered that 3,591x 50 Kilograme bags of maize valued at K232 million, which were stolen was sold to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

She further explained that the other 1,600 x 50 Kgs bags of maize valued at K104 Million were being camped at Tembwe Zambia Wildlife Camp instead of the designated place.

“We finished the investigations into the case involving former Chama DC and we discovered that 5,190 bags of maize valued at K337 million meant for DMMU were stolen,” She said.

She said once the two suspects are formally arrested, they would appear in court.

Efforts to get a comment from Ms Mpundu proved futile as her phone went unanswered and later switched off.

In a  related development, Ms Chipalila said the police in Lundazi have picked up two security guards belonging to Guardall Security Firm for allegedly stealing more than 500 x50 Kilogrames of maize, which
were being kept at Kapichila FRA shed.

Ms Chipalila identified the guards as Charles Kazeza, 43 and Mabvuto Zimba, 23 The two are expected to appear in court today.

She also disclosed that another man believed to have been behind the theft of maize was on the run while the bags of maize that were recovered in the scam were being kept at Lundazi Police Station.

Times of Zambia

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