Lilongwe man arrested for stealing bags of fertilizer from a moving vehicle

By Chisomo Phiri

Malawi Police in Kanengo, Lilongwe are keeping in custody a 29-year-old man, identified as Annock Mbendera for allegedly stealing five bags of NPK fertiliser worth K375,000 from a moving vehicle.

According to Sam Anusa Mkwanda of Peace Transport, on Saturday morning, December 3, 2022, he was driving a Truck heading Jenda in Mzimba, carrying bags of fertiliser under the Affordable Input Programme (AIP).

While passing by Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) in Lilongwe, a tipper overtook his vehicle and stopped in front to inform him that three people have stolen bags of fertiliser from his Truck and that they were sharing.

Hearing this, Mkwanda turned back but as soon as the people saw him, they escaped abandoning the fertiliser bags. However, Mkwanda ran after them until he apprehended Mbendera, one of the suspects.

Kanengo Police Station Public Relations Officer Sub Inspector Gesham Ngwira told local media that after receiving the information, police rushed to the scene where they arrested Mbendera and recovered the stolen items.

He will appear before court soon to answer the charge of theft.