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Three security guards of Armaguards Security Company have appeared in the Lundazi magistrate court allegedly stealing 263 by 50 kilo gram bags of white maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) sheds.

ZANIS in Lundazi reports that appearing before magistrate Keegani Litiya were Amos Nyirenda, 36, Josikete Nkhoma, 34, and Edwin Manda aged 34  all employed as security guards at Armaguard.

Facts of the matter were that the three accused persons on June 22 this year jointly and whilst acting together are alleged to have stolen 263 by x 50 kg bags of white maize valued at K17,095.00  from Lundazi FRA main depot.

And one of the state witnesses Gideon Nyirongo aged 33, businessman from Chimutengo boys at the market told the court that on 22 June 2013 he was approached by Amos Nyirenda, one of the accused persons, ho told him that he was selling 263 by 50kg bags of maize at  K30.00 per bag.

Nyirongo further told the court that he paid the accused K200.00 as cash deposit and later  paid the other two accused persons Edwin Manda and Josikete Nkhoma the remaining balance of K2,500.00 around 20,00 hours on the material day when they were loading maize in the FRA sheds.

Nyirongo however told the court that he was surprised when police arrested them at Bude village near Msuzi School along Lundazi –Chipata road at the shed  and charged them for theft of 263 x50kgs bags of FRA maize.

The three accused persons have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magisatrate Litiya has since adjourned the matter to 26 July 2013 for continued trial and remanded Manda and Nkhoma in custody while Amos Nyirenda was granted bail.