An agricultural officer at Mpatsa Agricultural Extension Planning Area (EPA) and a metal scrap businessman plying his trade in the area of Traditional Authority Tengani in Nsanje are in the cooler for alleged theft of farm inputs.
Nsanje police officer in-charge Assistant Commissioner of Police Maurice Makwinja identified the suspects as Godfrey Mukhondiya, 33, who works as Agricultural Extension Development Officer (AEDO) and Thoko Chitowe, 29.
Makwinja said the suspects allegedly stole bags of fertilizer, treadle pumps and two bicycles from the EPA’s warehouse between April 5 and June 7, 2017 whose value is yet to be established.
“We arrested the two suspects following a complaint from the District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO) that some items were missing. The DADO had written the District commissioner and copied the letter to us on the issue. Upon receiving the communication, we made follow ups and arrested the two,” Makwinja said.
He said the stolen items were donated by some non- governmental organizations for distribution to farmers in the area of Senior Chief Tengani.
Makwinja further said the second accused was used as a conduit in the crime.
On the value of the stolen items, the Assistant Commissioner of police Makwinja said the value of the stolen items was yet to be established.
But sources within the agricultural system claim the items were valued at about K2.4 million.
The suspects are expected to appear before court on Wednesday and will answer charges of theft.
Godfrey Mukhondiya hails from Katutula Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambya in Chitipa district while Thoko Chitowe comes from Chikunkhu Village. T/A Tengani in Nsanje.