Four people arrested over 73 bags of subsidized fertilizer

Four people are under police custody in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka for being found in possession of 73 bags of subsidized fertilizer suspected to have been stolen.

The suspects John Kayoyo 33, Fanuel Jamu 29, Emmanuel Lawrence 26 and Saujiya Kalambo 34 were arrested at Mwima area after they were found loading 73 bags of subsidized fertilizer in a 3 tonner lorry registration number BQ 2650 en-route to Ntcheu.

Balaka police publicist Sub-inspector Joseph Sauka says the suspects were arrested following a tip off from members of the general public who saw the suspects loading the subsidized fertilizer in a 3 tonner lorry.

“Upon interview, the suspects failed to produce receipts for the fertilizer but said they were buying the subsidized fertilizer from local farmers at Mwima area in the area of Traditional Authority Kalembo at the price of K11, 000.00 per bag and said they wanted to take the fertilizer to Ntcheu,” says Sauka.

He says the Police is still investigating the case and that the suspects will appear before court soon to answer the case of found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen which is contrary section 329 of the penal code.

John Kayoyo comes from Kaloga village, Traditional Authority Mpando, while Fanuel Jamu comes from Kasamba village, Traditional Authority Njolomole and Emmanuel Lawrence, comes from Chinkonda village, Traditional Authority Mpando all from Ntcheu district but Saujiya Kalambo comes from Mdenga village, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka district.

According to Sauka the same motor vehicle registration number BQ2650 was detained at Balaka Police in 2012 after it was found transporting 42 bags of subsidized fertilizer which was suspected to have been stolen.

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