Three arrested for possessing forest produce in Dowa

Three arrested for possessing forest produce in Dowa

Three people are in police custody at Dowa Police Station for allegedly being found in possession of forest produce without a licence.

The three suspects Fletcher Kester, 48, Simeon Banda, 37 and Moffat Lotiyele, 43, were arrested on the wee hours of Monday, March 28 2022 after Mvera Roadblock in Dowa when the Officer In-charge for Dowa Police Station Violet Magwaya (Deputy Commissioner of Police) and team were conducting night patrols in the area.

The suspects carried six bags of charcoal and five bundles of firewood each using their bicycles.

Meanwhile, police have since seized the charcoal, firewood and bicycles.

The suspects, who both come from Chikuse Village in Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa District, will appear before court soon to answer charges of found in possession of forest produce without a licence contravening Forest Act.