Malawi’s law experts have on Monday discredited the newly established commission of inquiry on the K26 billion Zambia maize-gate scandal.
On Sunday, President Peter Mutharika established a commission of inquiry headed by the former chief justice Anastasia Msosa to investigate the suspected rotten maize deal and bring the results within 30 days.
Admarc chief executive Foster Mulumbe is suspected to have corruptly bought the 100000 metric tonnes of maize.
The deal is also implicating Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Devleopment, George Chaponda.
However, renowned Chancellor College based law expert Edge Kanyongoro and activist Justice Dzonzi said there will be no tangible fruits coming from such commission.
“Government was the one granted the loan to ADMARC to purchase maize and it was the same government helped ADMARC to find the market in Zambia, so we wonder why the same government is coming up with such commission,” wondered Dzonzi.
Dzodzi further said “government is just making Malawians to see as if it is serious with the development especially after receiving the pressure.”
In his part Kanyongoro wondered why government is coming up with such commission while the country already have organizations that are mandated to carry such duties such as the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He said “by looking in the past, such kind of commission have been inactive, if the President wants he would have ordered the ACB or other agencies to carry the investigation.”
However, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi backed Mutharika for the decision.
Dausi the new Information Minister said Malawians should expect good fruits from the commission.
Meanwhile, the commission is expected to bring the results to Mutharika before the January end.
Commissions of inquiry in Malawi have proved to be useless and waste of time and public resources. The commission of inquiry on Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa who was brutally murdered during the late Bingu Wa Mutharika’s regime at the campus has not yielded any results.