ADMARC clerk nabbed over fertilizer subsidy scam

Tisunge Chimombo, 23, of Namtapo village in Traditional Authority Nkalo’s area in Chiradzulu was arrested Thursday, November 24, 2011 by Bvumbwe Police in Thyolo for an alleged illegal transaction in subsidized fertilizer coupons after being found with 82 and K40, 000 cash she could not readily account for.

According to Limbe police publicist, Chifundo Chibwezo, Chimombo is currently in police custody at Limbe.

Chimombo, an ADMARC sales clerk at Makungwa ADMARC satellite deport allegedly collected 82 coupons of NPK fertilizer meant for the subsidy programme and K40, 000 cash in advance from intended beneficiaries but when they wanted to collect the fertilizer, Chimombo was elusive. Only 20 people managed to buy the fertilizer.

Chibwezo told Nyasa Times on Friday that villagers who felt duped by Chimombo reported the matter to police manning the place.

“The villagers were angry after Chimombo told them that the fertilizer had run out when in fact, he was suspected to have agreed with other buyers who had offered more money and that she would make a killing out of that transaction,” Chibwezo said.

According to the police spokesperson, police officers at the ADMARC deport went inside the ADMARC deport and recovered 82 coupons and the K40, 000, which were kept in a plastic bag (jumbo).

She could not give a good explanation upon interrogation and Chimombo was instantly arrested.

The suspect will appear in court soon.

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