A Malawian national has been arrested by police in Lilongwe after he was found with 44 drums of fuel worth about ZK152 million and MK5 million allegedly procured from Chipata in Zambia.
Kanengo Police Spokesperson Alfred Chimthere confirmed having seized the drums containing more than 10, 000 litres of fuel which was allegedly being sold on the black market.
This is contained in statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission to MalawiChansaKabwela.
Ms.Kabwela indicated that the suspect identified as YonaKanjiwa from Luvimbe village in Chief Chiwere’s area in Dowa was arrested together with his brother Moffat of 30 years old.
She said the fuel was being sold at Chezi trading center 30 kilometers away from Lilongwe.
Ms.Kabwela explained that Kanjiwa claimed to have procured the commodity from Chipata and applied to the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority for a license to open a service station at his home.
He is expected to appear in court soon for illegally storing and selling fuel.
She said if found guilty, he could be fined about ZMK1.5 billion or MK 50 million or face 10 years imprisonment with hard labour.
Malawi has been grappling with fuel shortages for two years now.ZANIS