Once again the citizenry is being regalled with news of theft and exploitation of the poor of such disgusting magnitude it is a wonder this country has not exploded in anger.
That two neighbouring government agencies tasked with feeding its people could collude to steal in such a manner just for a few individuals to line their pockets baffles the mind and the levels of arrogance displayed by the management at being touted by the Zambian opposition politician speaks volumes of the people running our parastatals.
In its warped wisdom that a Zambian agency sold to a private company maize amounting to $21.5million which in turn this private company or middleman sold to our Admarc at $34.5 million including logistical costs. What this means is that Admarc paid $13 million more for maize it could have bought cheaply.
It is pointless blaming the Zambians in this whole debacle, what Malawians should be demanding is the whereabouts of the additional $13 million which Admarc has paid to the private company which sourced maize.
The agency, Zambia Co-operative Fund (ZCF) could easily have sold the maize directly to Admarc at $34.5 million and handled all logistics, but how it ended up selling maize to some intermediary to in turn sell it to a government agency like Admarc needs to be investigated and the culprits fired or honourably resign after they are prosecuted.
It does not require rocket science in a country like Malawi where corruption is practiced with eyes closed that someone definitely has benefitted from this dirty deal. But once again, the only audible noise is promises of investigations by the oversight bodies of Parliament and a few civil society members whose main preoccupation is talking and nothing more.
We saw it with Roads Authority (RA) and we have seen it at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) when they blatantly spit in the face of Malawians kicking out of the institution Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigators sent to verify claims of corrupt activities.
Admarc has simply joined the long list of greedy government officials and agencies in the successful quest to exploit the docile citizenry that we have become in recent years. What has happened at Admarc is no different from Cashgate and the billions of tax payers money that have gone down the drain.
Once this hullabaloo is over, the Malawian will remain comfortable and undisturbed to continue buying a 50kg bag of maize at K12 500, half of which will have gone to some greedy company which sold it at $345 per tonne instead of $215.
What sort of anger must Malawians display for the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda to act? What will it take for President Peter Mutharika to realise that he is just paying lip service to the fight against corruption because the officials he put in these parastatals are not helping him?
Instead of kicking these corrupt individuals out of his government and cleaning up this rotten country reeling on its death bed, APM’s adminstration would rather waste money on transporting chiefs to some lodge in Lilongwe, fatten their wallets and stomachs then parade them on the tax payer funded national broadcaster just to castigate an opposition leader whose crime was to tell the truth as it is.
Let us wait with baited breath what distraction technique this adminstration will use to fool gullible Malawians that all is well. n