In a controversial and cashgate like deal, an Asian businessman on Friday flew in the country to seal a deal to supply maize to tune of $18 million without formal tender bids.
Treasury sealed the deal with the Asian businessman on Friday and processed payment for the maize to be delivered in the I country.
Malawi needs maize supplies to avert hunger after shortage of the grain.
But the food situation has attracted fears of wrongful enrichment with top government officials tussling each other as Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda is not amused hat Finance Minister Goodall Gondee is directly dealing with the issue of procurement of maize, even against cabinet resolutions.
Meanwhile, National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) officials have engaged truck drivers into discussion after they protested on Thursday and Friday over the ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials on who comes first to transport maize.
The drivers have been chanting anti DPP songs and blocked roads, demanding transparency in the way they are allocated maize for transportation.
Some of the transporters said DPP officials issue instructions to NFRA staff to allow certain trucks offload or transport the maize, by passing others on the queue.
“Some trucks are on the queue for over a month whilst others just come straight to th gate, jumping the queue,” said a worried truck driver.
He then called on the DPP officials, whom they promised to shame, to stop interferring with the affairs at NFRA.
DPP officials feigned ignorance on the matter whilst NFRA officials said they were discussing the matter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :