January 12, 2017 by Staff Reporter
Drama continues in the Malawi-Zambia Maize-gate scandal as Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda has insisted that he will continue discharging his duty as Minister despite a court order from Mzuzu.
The Mzuzu High Court on Thursday morning suspended Dr Chaponda from discharging his duties as Minister until the commission of inquiry releases its findings on the Admarc maize-gate scandal.
But reacting to the news Dr Chaponda said that Mzuzu High Court and any other courts in Malawi cannot issue an order against the working Minister.
“I am yet to be saved by the court said court order and I will continue saving as Minister of Agriculture,” said Dr George Chaponda.
In relate development, officials at ADMARC have sent on forced leave their Chief Executive officer Foster Mlumbe on the same matter.
On Tuesday December 20 Nyasa Times published a story which said Zambian opposition leader has raised suspicion over transactions between ADMARC and a private firm involving Zambia maize exports to Malawi, alleging there was some racketeering by some top Zambian government officials.
The Malawi government obtained a loan of MK26 Billion from the Eastern and Southern African Development Bank to purchase 100,000 metric tons of maize from the government of Zambia, through Zambia Cooperative Federation.
The parastatal is alleged to have purchased the grain from a broker, which cost the government a lot of money.
The maize is believed to have been bought at $34.5 Million. Had the maize been bought from a government agency in the neighbouring country, Malawi could have spent only $21.5 Million.
The development has attracted widespread criticism from the public in Zambia and Malawi, who are pressing their governments to ensure that the issue is unearthed.