Government has warned vendors against illegal buying of maize at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots.
The warning comes at a time when the country is facing food shortage due to, among other things, floods that affected some parts of the country.
Admarc is rationing maize sales to 20 kilogrammes per person. But some vendors are reportedly conniving with officials to buy in bulk.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango warned that government would not hesitate to arrest anybody involved in the malpractice.
He has since urged communities to report to relevant authorities any suspicious conduct prevailing at the depots.
“What is happening is totally unacceptable because it is denying people access to food. May I ask the police to be on high alert and arrest anybody involved in the malpractice,” he said.
Mhango said the maize in Admarc depots is for household consumption and not for business.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Phalombe East Amosi Mailosi complained that vendors are buying maize from the depots and selling it at exorbitant prices. n