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Tanzanian police impound 30 trucks 'smuggling' maize to Kenya

Contraband goods impounded by authorities in Namanga. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Contraband goods impounded by authorities in Namanga. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Tanzanian police on Tuesday intercepted and impounded 30 trucks loaded with tonnes of maize destined for neighbouring Kenya.

Hamisi Issah, the Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander, said they had also arrested the truck drivers and believe there is a syndicate exporting Tanzanian maize.

The seizure of the maize-loaded trucks came barely a day after Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa banned exports of unprocessed food crops.

Majaliwa was speaking at this year's Idd-ul-Fitr celebration, in Moshi Municipality in northern Tanzania's region of Kilimanjaro. He said the ban is meant to encourage investment in agro-processing industries.

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