Two nabbed over fertiliser theft


Police in Machinga District are keeping in custody two men for allegedly stealing fertiliser belonging to Malawi Fertiliser Company.

Machinga Police spokesperson, Davie Sulumba, identified the suspects as Steve Kazembe, 26, of Mbosongwe Village, Paramount Chief Kawinga in Machinga and Clement Nkasa, 42, from Chakachadza Village, Traditional Authority Pemba in Dedza District.

Sulumba said during the night of October 18 2017, police were tipped by a well-wisher that the suspects were offloading loose bags of fertiliser at Liwonde Township from a Freight Liner, registration number LA 5055.


The fertiliser, which was loaded at Optchem in Blantyre, was destined for Liwonde Malawi Fertiliser Company.

“Police rushed to the scene and arrested the two. Upon interrogation, the second suspect (Nkasa), who is a driver at Litifu Transport Company, admitted that he connived with the first suspect (Kazembe) to sell him the fertiliser and they were communicating through mobile phone.

“The suspects met within Liwonde Township and offloaded fertiliser from the truck. Police managed to recover 27 bags of fertiliser,” Sulumba said.


He said Nkasa will answer the charge of theft while Kazembe has been charged with the offence of possessing property suspected to have been stolen.

Meanwhile, police in the district has applauded the community for working with them in dealing with criminal cases.

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