National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has challenged chiefs to take a leading role in ending abuse of office by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) clerks in the sale of subsidised farm inputs.
Nice national programmes manager Gray Kalindekafe made the call on Saturday following reports that some beneficiaries are failing to access inputs under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) because Admarc clerks are demanding bribes.
Communities surrounding Zwangendaba Admarc Unit in Mzimba complained on Friday that they are failing to buy inputs because the clerks are demanding an additional K4 500 on top of the K3 500.
“This is the most critical period when chiefs are supposed to act like they are real leaders. Chiefs must stand and defend the rights of their people by putting an end to this corruption in the implementation of Fisp,” he said.