Malawi Police in Dwangwa have recovered 52 heavy duty chains valued at over MK 7.5 million which were being transported for sell to a shipping company in Tanzania.
Nkhunga Police Station Public relations Officer Sergeant Labani Makalani confirmed the seizure and the arrest of the suspected thief 30 year old Semu Kalinga of Kilipula village of Karonga district.
According to Police, Kalinga was also convicted and given a suspended sentence on a similar case last year.
Makalani said Police mounted an operation to curb rampant theft which has rocked the sugar industry in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota district.
According to Makalani, Kalinga was arrested following a tip off at Chintheche Trading Centre in Nkhata Bay aboard an IVECO truck registration number MC 1682 which was carrying sugar bales.
In his caution statement, Kalinga told Police that he bought the chains from different people within Dwangwa Trading Centre including an official from Unitrans Company identified as Macdonald Chimwaza.
Police also arrested Chimwaza, who was working as a Chain Handler at the haulage company, and have since charged him with theft by servant.
Chimwaza disclosed that he sold Kalinga 18 cane chains out of the 52 recovered but expressed ignorance on the rest.
UNITRANS (Dwangwa) Haulage Manager Haskar Munthali said each chain cost K140, 000 each