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Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:19

Three arrested for possessing forest products

Written by  Martin Chiwanda

Nsanje, November 30, 2017: Police in Nsanje have arrested three people for being found with forest products and transporting them without permit. 

Nsanje Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Agnes Zalakoma, confirmed the arrest identifying the suspects as Peter January, 54, Mofolo Mphanye, 18 and Joshua Ching'oma, 32.

Zalakoma said January and Mphonya have been charged with possessing and transporting forest products without permit which is contrary to Section 68, sub-section 1b of the Forestry Act whilst Ching'oma, who was the driver, has been charged with transporting forest produce, driving without a license and carrying unauthorized passengers.

Appearing before the Nsanje Second Grade Magistrate George Chimombo, the three pleaded guilty to all the charges leveled against them. 

Chimombo adjourned the case to 6th December, 2017 as per request from the prosecution team. 

If found guilty, the suspects may face a fine of K 800, 000 or in default, serve a 10 year jail term. 

Commenting on the development, Nsanje District Assistant Forestry Officer, John Banda, commended the police for arresting the three saying this would send the right signal to would-be offenders. 

"We must commend the police for the good work. I am very sure that with this kind of working relationship, our forest reserves will not be depleted," said Banda. 

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