By MAKOKWA CLARA MUYENDEKWA
A CHOMA man has dragged his father in-law to court for allegedly swindling him out of money meant for accessing the Farmers Input Support Program (FISP).
Obby Mudenda, 47, of Jombolo village in chief Macha, has dragged Arnold Matongo to court for getting K400 from him after promising that he would be part of a farming cooperative which he was in charge of.
Mudenda told the court that it was on September 9, 2020 between 15:00 hours to 16:00 hours when his in-law asked him to join his cooperative to receive fertilizer under FISP.
He narrated that he then sold 10 bags of maize to raise the money after which he gave his father-in-law the money in the presence of his wife and one other witness. Mudenda told the court that both parties signed an agreement which had an attachment of the National Registration Cards.
And Mary Haanongo, 36, Mudenada’s wife testified that her father went to their house on the mentioned date to ask her husband to be part of the cooperative and was given the money.
“We got concerned after other farmers received their codes on their phones while we had not. We then made several follow ups with the accused but this did not yield any results as he kept telling us to wait,” narrated Haanongo.
But in cross examination by the state, Matongo denied swindling his son-in-law, claiming he borrowed the money to pay school fees for his children contrary to what the complainant was alleging.
Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Mungala adjourned the Matter to December 9, 2021for continuation of trial.
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