3 January 2013

Kenya: Police Arrest Three Over Fertiliser Theft in Kitale

POLICE have arrested three people in Kitale in connection with the theft of more than 1,000 bags of fertilizer worth Sh3 million from Kenya seed headquarters in the town.

Police also seized one of the lorries ferrying 499 bags of fertilizer. The fertilizer in 50kg bags is part of the consignment stolen yesterday night.

Kitale police boss James Kimani said the stolen fertilizer was being transported by two and that they detained one at Matunda trading centre after it was involved in accident killing three people.

"The other lorry carrying 501 bags is yet to be found but we have mounted the search to ensure we recover the fertiliser worth Sh1.5 million" said Kimani.

Those arrested are Patrick Obongi and Nehemiah Kipkosgey, security guards at Kenya Seed and Isaac Kiprotich, the owner of the lorry.

Kimani the three are helping police with information which may lead to the arrest of the other consignment of fertiliser and the driver and turn boy of the detained lorry who after the accident.

The police boss said he suspected the theft was an inside job and vowed to ensure those behind it are arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible.

The Kenya seed communications manager, Sammy Chepsiro, declined to comment on the theft saying he was on leave. He however said the company normally stores the fertilizer which is normally sold to farmers for seed planting.

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