A truck driver is on the run after selling 600 bags of fertilizer meant for this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP).
Police in Ntcheu district say they have recovered 94 of the bags.
The driver took the 600 bags of fertilizer worth K13 million from Nacala in Mozambique and he was expected to offload them at Smallholder Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund in Lilongwe.
However, upon reaching Ntcheu, the driver whose particulars are yet to be established soon stopped at one point and sold all the 600 bags before dumping the vehicle.
Confirming the development was Ntcheu Police public relations officer Hastings Chigalu who further said some well-wishers reported the matter to police after being suspicious of fishy business as the driver was selling the bags to some businesspeople in the district.
“The driver said his truck developed a fault and was later seen selling the bags of fertilizer to some businesspersons here in the district and was reported to police but up to now he is still at large,” he said.
Following investigation which the police launched on the matter, they have managed to recover 94 bags of fertilizer and have also arrested one suspect identified as Fanuel Difreni in connection to the stolen bags.
“The suspect is now he is on police bail waiting for his trial this November,” Chigalu said.
He further assured all Malawians not to worry claiming there is a possibility that all the missing bags will be recovered by the end of their investigation which is underway.