Police in Nkhata Bay have arrested a division manager at Kawalazi Estate for allegedly stealing 14 bags of fertiliser meant for the tea estate.
Nkhata Bay Police spokesperson Ignatius Esau on Monday identified the manager as Fortune Harawa, 42, of Chamono Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District.
Harawa is alleged to have authorised the release of the 14 bags from the company’s warehouse. The fertiliser was meant to be applied in the tea estate, but the suspect took it to his house.
Said Esau: “The suspect works as a division manager [under Kawalazi Estate] and he authorised the release of 14 bags of Urea fertiliser from the store room to be applied in the tea fields.
“The suspect then diverted the said bags to his house for personal use. One of the employees saw him taking the fertiliser to his home and reported to authorities at the estate who in turn reported the matter to police.”
Esau said the 14 bags are valued at K198 232.
Harawa is scheduled to appear in court soon to answer a charge of theft by servant which is contrary to Section 286 of the Penal Code.
Police have since recovered the bags and they will be used as exhibits in court.