Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda needs to be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) because of his suspicious conduct of engaging local firm Trans Globe into the Malawi’s questionable procurement of maize from Zambia.
As for the Malawi state grain trader Admarc, its management was “grossly negligent” in going into two contracts with Zambian supposed maize suppliers Kaloswe Commuter and Courier and Zambian Cooperative Federation (ZCF) and needs to face disciplinary action, particularly as Admarc showed “reckless and Inexcusable” conduct that amounts to fraud.
These are some of the damning observations by the Presidential Commission into the investigation of the maize scam in a key report the commission presented to President Peter Mutharika at State House this morning.
The report, however, said no one has pocketed money from the maize misprocurement scam, as the PTA Bank conditions were stiff and could have released the first tranche only after 10,000 metric tonnes of maize had been delivered to Malawi. The Zambia suppliers were found wanting and only about 4,000 metric tonnes of maize have been delivered in Malawi – far short of the target.