There was commotion at Mpherembe Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Depot on Friday morning when an irate Admarc guard beat a buyer and forced him out of a maize queue for granting an interview to this reporter the previous Monday.
Francis Chagara beat up Rachel Mfune and forbade him from buying maize at the depot for revealing that Admarc officials sell maize in bulk to vendors for resell.
Mfune also claimed that the guard later threatened to shoot him that night, prompting him to seek protection from Mpherembe Police Unit.
He also revealed that the depot supervisor uses his vehicle to ferry maize as government has no vehicle for the same and that buyers are not allowed to check scale readings.
In an interview on Friday, Admarc chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe said the corporation will take immediate action on the matter.
“This is not a small matter, it is serious as it involves lives of people denied access to maize and being threatened,” he said .
He has since called upon buyers to apprehend and hand over to law enforcers, vendors who are found buying maize in bulk .
Mulumbe, however, said it was not procedural for the supervisor to use his personal vehicle to ferry maize to the depot. n