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Police recover 63 stolen bags of relief maize

At a time over 6 million Malawians are faced with hunger, some people continue to take advantage of the situation by stealing relief food items.

On Wednesday, the police arrested three men who had stolen 63 bags of the World Food Programme (WFP) relief maize.

The maize was destined for warehouses at Kazombo and Mbowe in Mzimba.

Spokesperson for Mzuzu Police, Cecelia Mfune, said the bags are valued at K945, 000.

She said on the day the first suspect, Funwayo Jere aged 32 years, was driving a vehicle registration number MJ 5013 carrying 600 bags of maize with the other two suspects, 27-year-old Chinjovu Mseteka and Rodgers Nyasulu aged 30 years on board.

“Upon offloading at the warehouses it was discovered that 63 bags were missing, and then the matter was reported to Ekwendeni police,” Mfune said.

After the police officers’ investigations, Mfune said all the 63 bags were recovered from vendors at Ekwendeni Trading Centre where they were sold.

Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody at Mzuzu Police Station waiting to answer the charge of theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.

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