The police in Nkhata Bay are keeping in custody two men for being found in possession of 66 bags of fertiliser suspected to have been stolen from the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).
Nkhata Bay Police Station spokesperson, Ignatius Esau, said the police arrested the two last week Wednesday at Sanga in the district following a tip that a Mercedes Benz Van, registration number RU 5100, was carrying fertiliser whose origin was suspicious.
“The two suspects were interrogated by the police but they failed to give satisfactory statement as to how they came to own the fertiliser, hence their arrest. The bags of fertiliser were also seized immediately,” explained Esau.
Esau identified the suspects as Saidi Maulidi, 23, of Ngolowindo Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Maganga’s area in Salima and Chiko Tambala, 28, of Sawawa Village in T/A Mphonde in Nkhotakota.
The two will appear before court soon to answer charges of being found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.