George Chaponda
Chaponda: At the center of Zambia maize scam

KARONGA(MaraviPost): Some government departments that took part in the questionable procurement of maize from Zambia, have started distancing themselves from being part and parcel of the scandal that is growing by the minute.

 

The development comes at a time when the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are pressuring the country’s President Peter Mutharika to fire the Minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda and ADMARC boss Foster Mulumbe.

 

It started with the Minister of Agriculture Dr George Chaponda on Wednesday who released his press statement of distancing himself from the accusations.

 

As of Thursday, spokesperson for the Minister Finance Afraid Kutengule said his ministry only gave ADMARC cash amounting to 34 USA dollars of purchasing maize.

 

“As the ministry we don’t know anything concern the maize gate issue. Our main role was just to give ADMARC the money of purchasing maize,” same d Kutengule.

 

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) through its spokesperson Mbane Ngwira also put the blame on ADMARC saying “RBM assignment was just to advise ADMARC on how to utilize the K26 billion borrowed cash.”

Maravi Post also understand that ADMARC bypassed procurement procedures.

Meanwhile, the established commission of inquiry is in Zambia to investigate the matter.

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