Hunger stricken villagers accused of stealing sugarcanes from Illovo Malawi

Chief Maseya of Chikhwawa has bemoaned that the biting hunger is forcing some of his villagers steal sugarcanes from established large scale plantations mianly by Illovo Malawi.

Not so sweet for hunger stricken Malawians  stealing sugarcane

Not so sweet for hunger stricken Malawians stealing sugarcane

The chief says it is unfortunate that seven of his villagers were arrested for stealing sugar canes from Illovo, Kasinthula and Phata sugar plantations.

“These people are not thieves but is is hunger that is forcing them to sin. We don’t have food here, it is the survival of the fittest. Either they have to steal and survive or not to steal and die of hunger,” he said.

Chikwawa police publicist Macmillan Nyirongo confirmed the arrest of the seven people.

He said all the seven were women and children.

Nyirongo said the suspects have since been freed on bail after spending some days in police custody.

Malawi is reeling from the worst hunger in recent memory blamed on el nino weather phenomenon that caused dry spells in some areas and heavy flooding in other areas.

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Theft is sin and can not be defended in what ever any circumstances. Ilovo has social responsibility and could even liaised with government to assist in distribution of maize to the areas surrounding them. The chief should have been wise enough to approach the company.


Zomvetsa chison goverment do things in time

stans nje

sorry you goofed the picture does not represent the facts of the story-the pix is for a genuine cane. cutter and the canes are burnt ones

Patrict Simbi

These people are not thieves but they are helping themselves not to die from hunger. Any action from the police against these people will mean lack of love among we Malawians. Where was the company when it heard about the hunger in the area? Free these people and late the company give them food. Company officials are eating chickens in the morning as breakfast while the vulnerable community are drinking dew in the morning.
Let us learn to love one other in Malawi. Free them in God`s name.

alhomwe atilaula

There is no excuse for sin! These people r in the wrong, the best way is to go and ask for help and not steal! Aboma chonde chitamponi kanthu zinthu sizilinbwino, dzikoli lafika powawa zedi!

Jinack Chinula

You are right Joseph Moyo, one cannot own what it does not belong to him. Ownership must pass on legally. Just buy the sugarcane and there will be no accusation.


The sugar cane in question has sugar which has energy in it. It is not right to have these locked in a jail. I salute the police for having allowed the bail. Look at man’s hierarchy of needs. Food is at the top of the strata.

Joseph Moyo

Chief, if you get something which does belong to you without permission is stealing. Talk to the Illovo company for help as neighbours . The company has helped before. But the seven are thieves

Kamuzu Mbewe

It’s payback time for Illovo, possibly paying for the sins of Lonrho as well.

This company occupied the land of the Senas (oops, they call themselves Mang’anjas in Chikwawa) by getting free title deeds for the land, under the auspices of Ngwazi. Over the years they have done so little in the name of social responsibility to communities around the plantations.

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