Commission, Police confiscate volumes of tobacco in illegal trade

The Tobacco Commission and the police in Mkanda in Mchinji district on Friday confiscated flu cured tobacco in a two-tonne truck suspected to have been on its way to Zambia.

This follows the confiscation in Namitete of another two tonne truck with burley tobacco believed to have been heading to Mozambique on Thursday.

The actual volumes of the confiscated tobacco in both cases are yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, in Rumphi district, the Commission and the police on Thursday also seized 447 kilogrammes of tobacco from a Chisomo Zembani who is suspected to have been buying the crop without a license.

Four weeks ago, the police in Mchinji also intercepted a truck carrying 48 bales of flu cured tobacco which was about to be smuggled out of the country.

The Tobacco Commission and the Malawi Police are on an anti-illegal tobacco trade monitoring exercise in all the three regions of the country.

During the opening of this year’s tobacco selling season at Chinkhoma in Kasungu on 15th April, State President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera lamented illegal cross-border tobacco trade, observing that the practice denies the country of forex.

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