26 March 2016

Malawi: Police Not Helping On Admarc Racket - Bt Council

Blantyre — A full Council meeting for Blantyre on Wednesday blamed the Malawi Police left and right for the continuous problems buyers are experiencing at Admarc depots.

The meeting fired several questions to the Officer in Charge (OC) for Lunzu, Charles Sandram, who was also representing OC for Chileka.

Member of Parliament for Blantyre Rural East, Suzan Ndalama said buyers were robbed in broad day right by Admarc staff even in centres where there were police officers guarding the place.

"In most depots, sellers put scales where buyers have difficulties to see. Buyers are made to pay money and just get a bag without seeing its weight. They are not given a chance to complain or question the kilogrammes given against the money they are paying for," said Ndalama.

She alleged that when the police at the centre are approached, they say it is not their responsibility to check the scales.

She also claimed to have proof of fraud at Kongomwa Admarc where maize was brought in to the centre but all of it was later taken in trucks and the people from the area did not get access.

Councillor Joy Jalani of Mudi Ward said they were not assisted by the police when they requested for their presence at rural Admarc sales points.

"The police are refusing to assist us in patrolling our Admarc depots. They tell us they cannot come because its too far," said Jalani.

Councillor Tawanda Tambula of Lunzu Ward asked the Anti Corruption Bureau, who were also represented, if at all they were investigating Admarc as several allegations of corruption were made against them in the media.

District Commissioner for Blantyre, Charles Kalemba said he believes the Police were not doing their job when it comes to conduct of Admarc staff.

"Had the Police been arresting Admarc staff involved in fraud, by now we would not be receiving complaints. Someone needs to learn from their colleagues if we are to address these problems," said Kalemba.

The OC for Lunzu, Charles Sandram said it was sad that people are crying and the police were not doing anything.

"We have not been everywhere because we have transport challenges as we have one vehicle which we share with Chileka Police," he explained.

He encouraged the house to empower their people not to get discouraged but report all anomalies to the Police.

He promised to follow up on all issues raised based on the evidence that the house had given.

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