Police missions carried out in the dead of night led the law enforcers to intercept 67 bags of chamba, most of which were reportedly headed for Zimbabwe, and to arrest 56 Ethiopians who had entered Malawi with no travel documents.
The police haul happened over the past two days in three separate incidents in Kasungu, Salima and Dedza. In the incidents, the police utilised tip-off and exhibited alertness in a fresh crackdown on the criminal and illegal activities.
A Zimbabwe-registered truck, AC 8912A, was intercepted in Kasungu, loaded with 56 bags of chamba (weighing 50 kilogrammes [kg] each). Two Zimbabweans and two Malawians are remanded at Lilongwe Police Station after being involved in the purchase and attempts to conceal the chamba on the truck before its return to Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabweans are truck driver Colbert Chisandure, 35, from Harare, and businessperson Nabeti Chiwira, 37, from Mzilikazi District in Bulawayo.
The Malawians are Rodrick Naphitale, 28, of Chimbwi Village, in Traditional Authority (T/A) Khongoni in Lilongwe, and Osman Hassan, 39, of Chipalamawamba Village, T/A Mponda in Mangochi.