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POLICE in Chama have arrested eight people for allegedly stealing fertiliser and seed belonging to Tionelepo and Soya beans Cooperative society valued at K12, 200.

Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Joel Njase  confirmed the arrests and named the suspects as Wounderson Chipoka,  63,Maxwell Mbulo, 66,Willinde Saru, 28, Edith Lungu,43, Peter Nyirongo 44 and Rontia Nyirenda 52 all of Kalovya village in Chief Tembwe’s area of Chama.

Mr Njase said police in Chama on Monday charged and arrested the suspects for theft by agent involving 20X50kg bags of soya beans fertiliser and 10X25kg bags of soya beans seed valued at K3,500 property of Tionelepo Cooperative Society.

Mr Njase said police also arrested Peter Nyirongo, Rontia Nyirenda 52 of Kalovya village for theft by agent involving 46 by 50kg bags of soya beans fertiliser and 36 by 25kg bag of soya beans seed valued at K8, 700 property of Soya Cooperative Society. In a related development police in Shiwang’andu have arrested two Mukwikile Cooperative leaders for allegedly stealing 6 by 50 kg bags of D-Compound fertilizer valued at K2, 200 and 15 by 20 kg bags of groundnuts seed belonging to cooperative members.

Mr Njase identified the arrested leaders as chairperson Shadrick Chiluba and secretary Edward Bwalya who have been charged for theft by gent. Meanwhile, Police in Shiwan’gandu have warned and cautioned two Mwilwa Cooperative Society leaders for theft by agent.

Mr Njase said Charity Kapinda, secretary and Borniface Mulenga were warned and cautioned for theft by agent.

‘‘The duo wanted to steal bags of groundnuts seed bags from some cooperative members in Mwilwa Cooperative but when the DC for Shiwang’andu held a meeting in Mukwikile village threatening that all those who have stolen the inputs for 2018/2019 from farmers risked been handed over to police. They went to give the hidden bags to the members the following day after the meeting,’’ he said

And Mr Njase has warned that the law would catch up with those involved in illegal activities pertaining to farming inputs.

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