Police at Ntaja in Machinga have arrested an official at Nanyumbu Admarc depot for selling 65 bags of maize to vendors.
Police in Machinga confirmed the arrest of official, Felix Mponda, 34, and another five people for being found with more bags of maize than the normal ration.
Machinga Police public relations officer Davie Sulumba, said investigations have revealed that Mponda sold the bags at K7 000 each.
Police have since arrested Fredson Msume for buying six bags, Umali Magetsi for buying three bags, Dyton Kona for buying 18 bags, Mussa Mbawala for buying 21 bags and another man only known as Bwidi for buying three bags.
By Thursday afternoon police recovered a total of 65 bags of maize, according to Sulumba who added that other vendors are at large as police are looking for them.
Mponda, who comes from Ng’andu Village, Traditional Authority Ngokwe in Machinga, will answer charges of abuse of office and corruption.
Meanwhile, police in Machinga are warning vendors against conniving with Admarc officials in buying maize at the expense of households in the district who buy the maize solely for consumption.
All the suspects are from Kawinga area.