Two suspected thieves of command agriculture inputs have been nabbed in Bindura following a tip off.
The two, who are members of the Mashonaland Central Provincial command agriculture scheme, were nabbed by their superiors on allegations of theft of inputs and the matter has now been reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
According to sources close to the developments, the suspects identified as Katsande and Mawere were working in cahoots with Marycom Hardware and Blessing Hardware owners to trade the stolen inputs.
Following a tip off, police and the command agriculture programme supervisors recovered from the two hardwares 900kg of urea , 7 compound D bags, an unspecified amount of glyfocett agro chemicals, 4 litres of stella star chemical and 75 kgs of soya seed, all clearly labelled ‘Command Agriculture Inputs Scheme not for resale.’
The suspects were apprehended and the police opened a docket for the duo for violating section 6 (a) of Statutory Instrument 79 of 2017 by stealing inputs of the command agriculture scheme for domestic livestock and fisheries.
Cases are under reference numbers rrb 3346/ 826 and cr 209/ 18.
Police National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed that they are seized with the matter and investigations are underway.
She added that the suspects are assisting with investigations and will appear in court soon.
Senior officials administering the command agriculture scheme, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they are closely monitoring the use or misuse of inputs by their members and beneficiaries and would not deal lightly with those found against the law.
If convicted, the suspects could face a 3 months jail term.