Senior Chief Mlolo of Nsanje has demanded justice for people of Makhanga whose maize was allegedly destroyed in March this year by 200 head of cattle owned by Fraction Beka.
Speaking in an interview, the chief alleged that the cattle destroyed maize for 54 farmers.
Said Mlolo: “This happens every year and it affects food-security in the area.
“I have decided to lodge a complaint to court on behalf of my subjects.”
She alleged that Beka offered to help each of the affected farmers with 25 kilogrammes (kg) of maize.
“These people harvest about 30 bags of maize each; hence, 25 kg is too little,” said Mlolo.
Two farmers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they lodged a complaint at Chiromo Police Unit, but were advised to resolve the issue at Chief Mlolo’s court.
Ruo Ward councillor Marko Mulotali said he was aware of the stand-off between some community members and Beka.
“I asked Beka to compensate the people, but he was stubborn,” he said.
Nsanje Police Station officer-in-charge Seleman Mtambo said he was not aware that officers at Chiromo did not assist the victims accordingly.
“I will follow up the matter,” he said.
When contacted, Beka said he will meet Mlolo in court and refused to give more details.