Police IG warns against disturbing AIP

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By Our Reporter

The Inspector General of Malawi Police , Dr George Kainja has warned unscrupulous citizens who are buying and selling the cheap fertilizer to face arrest.

This follows reports of the same in Thyolo, Dowa and other places where the the behaviour has been rampant.

Dr Kainja said the situation is unfortunate and uncalled for.

He said Malawi Government policy is to ensure that people have no hunger at their household level adding that Police will not sit back back.

“This is bad that is why we have deployed the officers across the country both uniformed and non uniformed the idea is to arrest anyone involved in the said malpractice,” Said Dr Kainja.

Kainja says the police would like to assure Malawians that it is strictly monitoring the implementation of the program and it has put in place robust measures to ensure that it runs smoothly.

The warning by the IG comes after the Police in Mponela , Dowa, arrested a Chipiku Stores Branch Manager at Bowe Trading Centre for allegedly for selling the cheap farm inputs under government’s Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) at prices higher than the recommended ones.

The suspect has been identified as Hanania Kaonga Nkhoma 40, of Msampha Village, T/A Dzoole in Dowa.

It was reported that the Bowe Chipiku Stores Branch commenced its sale of the cheap farm inputs on Monday, November 2, 2020.

However, people were suprised to note that the prices at which these inputs were being sold were higher than what were recommended by the government.

Kaonga was selling a 50Kg bag of fertilizer at K5500 instead of the recommended price of K4,495.

It is also alleged that the manager was selling a 5kg pack of maize seed at K3,000 instead of the recommended K2,000.

The issue was brought to light when beneficiaries who went to purchase the commodities started protesting after they learnt that the officials were selling the inputs at higher prices.

This was discovered after over seven people had already purchased the inputs at the said prices.

Police came in quickly and arrested the manager and K18,000 has been recovered so far.

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