By Chisomo Phiri
Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody two men for allegedly being found in possession and offering for sale 56 bags of counterfeit NPK fertilizer.
According to Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer, Hastings Chigalu, the two are Christine Kammayani, 43, and Mathias Bonongwe, 31.
Chigalu said police pounced on the two following a tip from a certain farmer from Dedza whom was duped cash amounting to K830,000 after he was offered 16 bags of the said fertilizer weighing 50 kilogrammes each.
It is reported that the farmer discovered the fertilizer was a counterfeit when applying in his field.
“Police have since managed to seize 40 other bags from the suspects’ warehouse and the K810,000 the farmer paid for the counterfeit commodity,” said Chigalu
Kammayani, who hails from William Village, Traditional Authority ( TA) Kachere, Dedza, and his colleague, Bonongwe from Kamaleka Village, Traditional Authority Chilowamatambe in Kasungu District are expected to appear before the court soon .