Distribution of Fertilizer Coupons in the news again

From the Nyasa Times
Police in Mzuzu have impounded 300 bags of fertilizer from ruling party regional governor for the north, Harry Mkandawire when they stormed his house for search and arrested him.

Eye witness said police stormed Mkandawire’s residence upon a “tip-off” from the public that Mkandawire was frustrating the fertilizer subsidy programme in the north as he was denying members of the opposition parties from benefitting.

Police press office at the national headquarters confirmed the incident but said investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati said the fertilizer subsidy programme is meant to benefit only those that cannot afford to by the fertilizer at K4, 000 and not everybody.

“This fertilizer subsidy is not universal,” said Kaliati at Kasungu Community Centre Hall during a stakeholders meeting.

“We know that many people have complained not to have benefited from the subsidy programme therefore government has printed 30,000 additional coupons to fill the gap,” she disclosed.

Traditional leaders in the blamed for the fertilizer subsidy failure on poor planning by the agriculture staff describing them as corrupt and intimidating.

President Bingu wa Mutharika who is also minister of agriculture has blames the opposition for being behind the poor distribution of the farm inputs but the opposition denies the charge blame government for shifting blames for its failures.

Elsewhere, police on Friday impounded 71 bags of fertilizer from local traders suspected to have stolen the bags in Mchinji.

According to Mchinji Police Station Officer, Superintendent Jacob Kakhongwe police impounded the bags of fertilizer from some local traders who did not have any legal documents for doing business related to the farm inputs.

Kakhongwe said the police got suspicious upon seeing that some fertilizer which was being offloaded from a three toner lorry, registration number BN 7543 onto another vehicle of similar tonnage registration MC 2483 was related to government subsidized fertilizer.

“Police are keeping in custody Malingamoyo Matchona 36, of Kalolo village in chief Kalolo’s area in Lilongwe and Aubrey Madeya 27 of Namata village in chief Kaduya’s area in Phalombe. The two would appear in court to answer charges of being found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen which is contrary to section 359 of the penal code,” said the police officer.


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