Admarc board sends Mulumbe on forced leave over ‘maizegate’: Mauwa acting CEO

The Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) board which met in Blantyre last Friday ordered chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe to go on forced leave to pave way for investigations on  the Zambia maize deal.

Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe: On forced leave

Mulumbe, including Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda, are implicated in the maizegate scandal that they may have indulged in corruption.

Admarc board chairperson James Masumbu confirmed that the board resolved  Mulumbe should “ go on leave”  to pave  way  for  the  Commission  of Inquiry  to complete its probe on the  misprocurement .

According to Masumbu, Deputy Chief Executive of Admarc, Mrs Magret Mauwa  will be  stand-in CEO for the State-trader .

However, Masumbu said Mulumbe should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the Commission of Inquiry established to  investigate the maize deal between State grain trader Admarc and Zambian private company, Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd.

President Peter Mutharika instituted a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the scam in which Admarc reportedly bought maize at K26 billion from the Zambian company and it is believed that Malawi could have saved about K9.5 billion if it had bought the grain directly from the Zambian government.

The commission is being chaired by former Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa, Solicitor General Janet Banda, auditor Isaac Kayira and Mike Chinoko.

The use of a middleman, Kaloswe, is raising suspicion that officials may have indulged in corruption when Malawi government is on record to have said Chaponda was in discussion with the Zambian government over the maize deal, and at some point, engaged in discussions directly with Zambian President Edgar Lungu.

Both Chaponda and Mulumbe have denied any wrong doing in the  maizegate.

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31 thoughts on “Admarc board sends Mulumbe on forced leave over ‘maizegate’: Mauwa acting CEO”

  1. wenecho says:

    DPP = DEAL PAFUPI PAFUPI
    HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ALOMWE ALOMWE

  2. Kusolola says:

    I see that the ADMARC Board is showing much better leadership that our president. Kodi munatontenga kwayani ameneyi? Koma atotikwana bwanji. Asaaaaaa.

  3. lomwe says:

    Mr president could you please suspend Chaponda otherwise apa a Malawi tiziti izi nzogwilizana nonse ndinu mbava.We are tired of DPP Govt.full of thieves.

  4. Patriach says:

    Tsopano Ndiye Nayenso Chaponda apitetu ku forced Leave Nanga kungomuthothola Mulumbe basi. Mafiozo nayenso athotholedwe.

  5. Time alone will tell. Dzikoli ndi anthu ake mzaYehova wamakamu.

  6. che nnungu says:

    Galu wakuba weniweni ndi Chaponda. Nayenso achoke to pave way for investigations. Ngati amaganiza zoti adzalamula Malawi achotsele. Akalamulila kwawo konko. President samakhala wonyansa chonchija. Kunyansa nkhope, maganizo, chilichonse

  7. Kwayipa says:

    Let this big fish also go on leave, why are you shielding him? Am asking Mr.
    President.

  8. Thinktank says:

    Chaponda and mutharika are in the same boat…of stealing from government coffers. ….

  9. mary says:

    No no no no mtsamilo uwu! Chaponda achoke!
    Zinazo mbuyo!

  10. Chancy says:

    APM & Chapponda ayudas enieni a dziko la Malawi. Anaba mavoti pano akupitiliranazo. God sees u.

    1. Pida says:

      KOMA PAMENEPO ACHIMWENE MWANENE ZOONA ZEDI

  11. Fabiano Kamanga says:

    CHAPONDA SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT. THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY, WOULD YOU PLEASE ACT NOW!!!!

  12. Wa pa DZ says:

    Chaponda naye ayambe wasendera kaye,failing which achotsedwa ndi Mulungu.

  13. Parallel Market says:

    Thats how a competent board is supposed to do. APM sadabetse apa.

  14. chigwileni mapiko says:

    PS Ivy Luhanga should also go on leave to pave way for tractorgate. Too much kunyoza boma amayi awa eish ngati ndiolungama.

  15. tman says:

    makape inu waba ndalama zachimanga ndani?Mukunamatu inu.Ngati simmadziwa za murupale mugoma.NKhani palibepo apa.

  16. Abwana says:

    If Admarc can send one on forced leave……….

  17. kamko says:

    chaponda will be sent on leave by God. Worry not Malawians. God will fight for us.

  18. Mphwache says:

    Kuyambira lero chimanga cha Adimaki chitsike mtengo to K8,500 ngati panalibe katangale

  19. Kwasala Chaponda, chinkhope chonyasa zoona kuba chimanga pamene anthu akufa ndi njaja

  20. Lumbani says:

    APM nawe mtumize Jijo on forced leave.

  21. luka says:

    Abale uyuyuso bwanji akukakamira mu office pomwe waba ndalama zogulira chokudya chomwe timadalira ife monga anthu ovutika kuno kumudzi basi apolisi agwire ntchito yawo pomupitikitsa kut achoke muoffice, lamulo ligwire ntchito kawalala ameneyo kukula konseko akadyera kutiko chuma chochuluka ngati chimenecho

  22. Tadala says:

    MALAWIANS AT RISK:
    Malawians today are buying Maize at K250/kg (K12,500.00 per 50kg bag) just because the government chose to buy from a Zambian middleman 100,000MT for K26bn translating to K260/kg which was passed to the common person. If Maize was bought through ZCF the purchase price could have been around K165/kg hence Malawians could have been buying a 50kg bag of Maize at around K8,500.00
    This is how bad leaders are causing misery to Malawians and if what Chaponda is saying that he is not directly responsible is true then we do not need ministers because they don’t receive reports and act on them. Through Chaponda’s assertions we might conclude that Joyce Banda is not responsible for Cashgate or Kamuzu Banda was not responsible for MCP atrocities because they both were not directly linked but rather their servants and followers. ADMARC bought Maize on behalf of Government of which the minister is highest representing authority hence had reports of what was going on of which he could have acted for the best interest of Malawians which he did not.

  23. citizen says:

    The government should also show seriousness by sending chaponda on leave for a thoroughly investigation.

  24. chimwemwe says:

    Investigate ma contracts mu central medical stores under buy Malawi campain, alipo dubious contracts za ma products not made in Malawi, but under buy Malawi campaign. Overcharging of products. major siphoning of funds. Medicalgate

  25. nanga uyu wankhope ngati kuthako uyu mumati dzaponda uyu nde muti naye chani???? ooh paja amadya limodzi ndi kunda wothimbilira ngati sasamba uyu wamathanyula petulo!!!!!!!!!

  26. Achi says:

    Kaloswe is connected to Chaponda. The commission of equiry must dig deep imto this issue if sanity is to be attained in Malawi.

    Chaponda has a farm in Zambia and part of the maize is from his farm

    1. Achimidzimidzi says:

      @ Achi be serious.Is the maize from from Jijo’s farm in Zambia? In this case I easily see that APM is giving instructions in whispers to create credibility of the commissions report.

  27. kampangomlamba says:

    HOW ABOUT DR CHAPONDA WHEN IS GOING FOR HOLIDAY? KKKKKKKKKKK T PAVE WAY AS WELL

  28. mmc says:

    Eya this is Gud governance. I wish other boards should have acted in similar manner over other issues such as the University saga. Osati chilichonse a president achitepo kanthu… nice work ADMARC board.

  29. Chigodo says:

    That’s the way to go not zinazo. We did it with electoral commission why not ADMARC?

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