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Police nab 4 for fertiliser theft

NKOLE MULAMBIA, Ndola
POLICE in Masaiti district on the Copperbelt have arrested four people in connection with the theft of 15 bags of fertiliser under the Farmer input support programme (FISP).
Acting district commissioner Evans Mambwe said the suspects included a teacher and her husband.
Mr Mambwe said the other two were two agriculture camp officers.
“Police have picked up four people in connection with the theft of fertiliser under the FISP. The four made deals to sell fertiliser intended for the farmers belonging to Mukuyu and Kambalanga co-operatives,” he said.
Mr Mambwe said when he visited the suspects in custody at Chifubu police station in Ndola he learned that they were picked up by police on February 21, 2017 to help in investigating the theft of 15 bags of Urea fertiliser.
It is alleged that the two agriculture camp officers, who have been identified as Passy Falanga and Charles Kapotwe allegedly connived and sold the fertiliser to the teacher and her husband, which belonged to the co-operative.
Mr Mambwe said the Isuzu truck registration number ACX 4053 which was used to ferry the fertiliser had been impounded.
He warned of stern action against civil servants engaging in illegal activities because Government would not hesitate to discipline them..
Mr Mambwe said it was unfortunate that officers who were supposed to be in the forefront spearheading government projects were busy frustrating its efforts.
“We will not hesitate to deal with such officers. The law will take its course and all those found wanting will be dealt with.

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