Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody two Malawian nationals and a Rwandan national from the Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) for allegedly being for being found in possession of stolen peanut butter meant for people with special nutrition.

Confirming the development with FaceofMalawi Lilongwe Police Public Relations Officer Kingsley Dandaula, revealed that police arrested two DHO employees along the Lilongwe Bypass road at around 8 pm whilst they were on patrol.

The suspects were then identified as Paul Thawani, 26, a driver at the Lilongwe DHO and Austin Maxwell, 22, also from the same office.

Thawani hails from Makowa Village in the area of Chief Chikowi in Zomba district while Maxwell hails from Chimphenzu Village in the area of Chief Kalonga in Salima district

According to Dandaula the two who were in a government vehicle, a Nissan Patrol registration number MG 632 AC were found with 11 cartons of therapeutic peanut butter which they wanted to sell to a Rwandan national Steven Bosco, 24, who was driving a Toyota Corolla registration number ZA 8534 along the same road and runs a shop at Chinsapo 1 location in the city.

After receiving a tip from the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police officers on patrol followed the government vehicle and found Thawani and Maxwell parked along the road trying to sell the cartons of peanut butter clearly marked ‘not for sale’ to the Rwandan businessman, explained the officer.

“The police officers confiscated the cartons and then went to the businessman’s house where they also found four cartons of the same product,” said Dandaula.

Sources close to FOM indicate that the three appeared before the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court and are currently under court bail.

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