LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) is in the verge of conducting its own probe into the maize procurement saga in a bid to authenticate the President Peter Mutharika’s commission of inquiry on the same.
Cama’s independent probe on the maize scam comes barely a week after Mutharika instituted an investigation which has attracted criticism from some quarters of the society over its composition as civil society organizations are excluded in the commission.
The consumer body’s Executive Director John Kapito to Nation on Sunday that the initiative aims at down playing speculation go by the media and other quarter of the society.
Kapito disclosed that his organization’s findings will be made available to the general public in two weeks time.
He hinted that investigations will touch on all players who were involved in the procurement process that the truth on the matter been known to the public.
“We have been following with kin interest in the current issue surrounding the maize procurement from other organisations in Zambia where sources of the purchase and prices is not clear as there are different names of the sources of supplier.
“We have started our own investigations into the matter. We want to be natural, and we will make public our findings in two weeks time. Cama doesn’t want to speculate or go by what the media and other quarters are saying about the matter plans also to prove the inquiry”, said Kapito.
Apart from Presidential inquiry, the Anti-Corruption Bureau also disclosed a week ago that was ready with is own probe on the maize scam.
Since the revelations started, executive arm of government has not been forthcoming with explanations in what transpired on the whole saga only last week President Mutharika established the commission on the same.
Minister Chaponda, who gave a ministerial statement in last Parliament sitting on the saga’s procurement, has been refusing to resign arguing that his hands were free and that those wanting him to leave the office were doing it out jealousy.
Admarc however still insists that it’s buying the staple grain from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency; documents show that Admarc may have used a private Zambia company that may be more expensive than if the deal were government to government.
The Country’s grain marketer has reportedly paid US$34.5 million (MK26 billion) for the maize, which is US$13 million (MK9.5 billion) more than the US$21.5 million (MK15 billion) it could have paid had it bought the maize from Zambia government.