Twenty-nine farmers in Kasama have been arrested for unlawful procession in protest against delayed payment for maize supplied to the food reserve agency (FRA).
Confirming the development to Mano news this afternoon, northern province police commissioner charity Katanga said the 27 men and 2 women have been charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.
Commissioner Katanga said the farmers, who were carrying machetes and stones, were intercepted as they marched to FRA maize sheds to withdraw their maize while others attempted to storm the provincial permanent secretary’s office.
She has since warned farmers to desist from violent behaviour in the quest to press for their dues.
On Wednesday, angry farmers in Kasama threatened to demonstrate and withdraw the maize they supplied to FRA if they did not receive payment by yesterday.