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Pres. Mutharika refuses to take action against maize-gate suspects without concrete evidence

President Peter Mutharika has on Saturday vowed to deal with any person involved in the Zambia maize scandal without looking at status or name of the individuals the moment he has concrete evidence.

Malawi Pres. Peter Mutharika: needs concrete evidence to take action against maize-gate suspects.

According to Mutharika Malawians should not expect him firing any maize-gate suspect from his or her position without concrete evidence.

He said that is why he established the commission of inquiry to investigate what really transpired on the ground before taking an action.

“I will not and I cannot take any action against maize-gate suspects out of suspicion. I will need concrete evidence before taking action,” said Mutharika.

While acknowledging the importance of maize to the country, Mutharika asked Malawians to wait for the evidence from the commission of inquiry and stop pressurizing him.

“I know that lives of Malawians depend on maize and that everyone is eager to know what really happened on the maize deal but I urge you to be calm,” he said.

In her remarks, chairperson for the commission retired chief justice Anastasia Msosa asked Malawians to have trust in them.

However, some Malawians including the political pundits and some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have demanded an inclusive commission of inquiry in a letter they recently wrote President Peter Mutharika.

In the letter, the CSOs also asked President Mutharika to fire Agriculture Minister Dr George Chaponda and ADMARC boss Foster Mulumbe to pave way for the investigation.

However, Chaponda rubbished the call saying he is innocent.

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