President Peter Mutharika has on Sunday established the commission of inquiry to investigate the ADMARC rotten maize deal with the Zambian private company Kaloswe.
This is with immediate effect according to the Chief Secretary to government Justice Lloyd Muhara.
He said the commission which will be headed by the ex- Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa has been tasked to bring the results to the President before 31 January, 2017.
“Yes, the President has indeed appointed the commission of inquiry to the Zambia maize saga and the commission will start its duty today Sunday,” said Muhara.
The members of the commission include Muhara himself, Mike Chinoko who is the group’s secretary, Dr Janet Banda (the Solicitor General) and Isaac Kayira (the public auditor).
The development has come at a time when some of the country’s Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) called for the resignation of the Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda and ADMARC boss Foster Mulumbe.
The CSOs are also asking Mulumbe to vacate the court injunction that ADMARC got to restrict Times Group from carrying the maize-gate stories.
While commending the President for the initiative, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament worried that there will be no transparency in the process especially if Chaponda, Mulumbe and his team continue with their position.
However, ADMARC insists that it is purchasing maize from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) and not Kaloswe as reported in the media.
Meanwhile, it is not known whether Mutharika will order the Agriculture minister and ADMARC boss to resign as demanded by the CSOs.