Mutharika orders Malawi army soldiers to guard borders against maize, tobacco smuggling

Office of the President and Cabinet says the order is with immediate effect therefore people living in the borders should not be scared when they see soldiers in their areas.

This comes barely a day after police in Karonga have impounded 40 trucks full of maize on its way to Tanzania just two days after the law enforcers impounded 17 trucks with 300 metric tonnes heading to Tanzania.

George Mulewa, deputy publicist for Karonga police said drivers of the trucks have been picked for questioning.

Mulewa also said the drivers of the 17 trucks impounded three days ago were appearing in court on Tuesday.

A study by government and food security partners show at least 6.5 million people need emergency food aid in the 2016/17 planting season due to heavy flooding in some areas mostly in the northern region and drought in other parts of the country especially in the south.