Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito has called the rot in the procurement process of maize from neighbouring Zambia as “stinky” and also “humiliating” to the leadership of Malawi for its suspected corruption scandal.

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The maize purchase deal is currently
marred with controversy regarding
contractual issues involving the State-
produce trader Agricultural
Development and Marketing
Corporation (Admarc).
While Admarc boss Foster Mulumbe
insists that Admarc is buying the staple
grain from Zambia Cooperative
Federation (ZCF), a government
agency, documents show that Admarc
is actually using a private Zambian
company, Kaloswe Commuter and
Courier Limited.
“This transaction is not only stinky, it
is also humiliatinig to the leadership of
this country,” said Kapito on Daybreak
Malawi program aired on Capital Radio
on Thursday.
Kapito has since backed calls for an
inquiry to be carried out.
He, however, said the Parliamentary
Committee on Agriculture, Irrigation
and Food Security should outsource an
independent body of expertise to
conduct the probe.
Human rights activist Charles
Kajoloweka also backed the calls for a
commission of inquiry to be set up to
investigate the entire process.
And Timothy Mtambo the executive
director of Center for Human Rights
and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has said the
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should.
institute investigations into reports of
corruption in the purchase of maize
from Zambia “as a matter of urgency.”kama-kapito-150xMtambo said: “ACB should be seen to
be proactive in fighting corruption
rather than waiting for a complaint, as
we have recently been made to
believe.”
Meanwhile, Kaloswe is suing Admarc
for breach of contract.
According to Kaloswe chief executive
officer, Isaac Kapambwe, his company
signed a contract with Admarc in June
2016 to purchase and deliver maize.
Kapambwe said his company has “all
communications” on the deal with
Admarc.
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and
Food Security George Chaponda has
not commented on the matter.
But Parliamentary Committee on
Agriculture, Irrigation and Food
Security chairperson Joseph Chidanti-
Malunga said they will grill Chaponda to
explain the perceived mess,
particularly on the use of a private
company as a broker of the maize deal
in Zambia.
Malawi government spokesman and
Minister of Information, Nicholous
Dausi, has said accusing government
of corruption in the maize deal is
“fallacious”, saying the matter is being
blown out of proportion by Zambian
opposition leader, Saviour Chishimba.
Chishimba said in statement that on 6th
September 2016, Admarc boss
Malumbe wrote an email to Kaloswe
“in which he was categorically re-
affirming that all logistical costs on the
Zambian size would be met by Kaloswe
as per the agreement. “
The same email was copied to the First
Capital Bank.
“On 6th September 2016, ZCF wrote a
letter to Kaloswe in which they were
confirming that logistical payments are
to be made to Kaloswe on need-based.
This letter was signed by a Mr. Frank
Munthali the ZCF director of finance.
The director of finance was replying to
the request by Kaloswe to be paid an
advance of US$350, 000 for logistics.
Apparently, ZCF indicated that the
payment would be considered ‘…once
the documents are finalised,”
Chishimba claimed.
But Dausi said on Capital Radio: “These
are intentional statements by political
party leader opposition in Zambia Mr
Chishimba. We would want to have the
details of the allegations that he has
levelled against both sides of the
government.”
Dausi, a former state chief spy said he
cannot be drawn into “international
police investigators or crime
investigators.”
Malawi government obtained a loan of
K26 billion from the Eastern and
Southern African Development Bank
(PTA Bank) to purchase 100, 000
metric tonnes of maize from
government of Zambia through Zambia
Cooperative Federation (ZCF).
In October, Admarc said by November
it would have brought in about 300 000
metric tonnes from Zambia and
overseas countries such as Brazil,
Mexico and Romania.

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