Goodall in maize procurement, Chaponda not amused: Malawi corruption getting worse indeed

There is a recurrence of misconduct like cashgate in the government which calls for no selective justice in investigating abuses as Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe is getting involved in direct procurement.

Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning: Involved in direct procurement

Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning: Involved in direct procurement

Nyasa Times has established that Gondwe is directly responsible for maize procurement which is signed at Treasury.

Gondwe is the country’s purse keeper for being Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

However, the procurement of maize by Treasury has not amused Agriculture Minister George Chaponda, wondering why Treasury is procuring the grain and not the responsible ministry.

Gondwe has procured maize directly from outside Malawi by signing contracts on behald of Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (Admarc) to get 300,000 metric tonnes..

“Finance Minister is procuring maize unilaterally and this is against the set rules,” a source in the ministry of  agriculture said.

“Ordinarily such procurement should be done by Admarc and treasury should provide guarantees,” the source added.

Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya was coy to comment and referred the reporter to the Finance Minister who when contacted said he was “too busy” to grant an interview.

This development comes after newspaper reports indicated that government is processing a U$105 million loan (about K75 billion in current exchange rate) through American financial giant JP Morgan Chase for Admarc to import 300,000 metric tonnes of maize.

This loan has a 2 percent repayment rate and will run for 14 years which include a grace period of four years.

The tonnage from this loan is part of the 490,000 metric tonnes which will be made available to Admarc over a period of five months.

Malawi News reported last Saturday that JP Morgan Chase line of credit is one of several which the government is undertaking for the purpose of maize procurement in its response to the dire food situation in the country.

The government has also established a line of credit with the PTA Bank to finance the importation by Admarc of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia.

It has also provided two bank guarantees to CDH Investment Bank for the procurement of an estimated 90,000 metric tonnes of maize on the local market.

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19 thoughts on “Goodall in maize procurement, Chaponda not amused: Malawi corruption getting worse indeed”

  1. Kanthu Ako! says:

    Really/ There are idiots in this country who believe Gondwe can buy and pay for maize without the presidents say so?

    If there is a Minister that can be trusted to do the right thing it’s Gondwe.

    You tried about fertilizer, you investigated nothing corrupt was found, now you was to use maize.

    The good thing with honest people is, they are not afraid to do things even when it appears they are doing something wrong, so long as they believe they are doing the right thing.

    In our African culture, we use “Bodza” even to mean someone who is telling the truth, but we did not want the truth to come out (Gossip)

    Let the Man do his job, If you eat with Chaponda izi zaku phonyani, zikagula chimanga.

  2. Kenkkk says:

    Some of the criticisms here are foolish, childish and purely of tribalistic leanings. Criticise Peter also in the same way then.

    Gondwe is right. The need for maize has been identified and quantified. So it is only proper that Gondwe, not chaponda, pays direct to the supplier and hands over the maize to Agric or Admarc to administer. Gondwe is not going to administer the maize distribution but chaponda will.

    Gondwe had cut the unnecessary red tape of moving huge amounts of money from one ministry to another to buy something when it could be bought direct by the finance minister. This has also prevented potential thieving or waste by Agric ministry as we all know the money could have easily disappeared with the increasing cashgating of dpp.

    So please give credit where it is due.

    1. Alfred Minjo says:

      Late Mtafu didn’t miss words by calling Agaru inu. Anthu opanda pa bwino awa. What’s wrong with Gondwe in procuribg maize for people of Malawi? Anthu opanda pabeino, osayamika “Agaru”.

  3. manof principles says:

    GOODALL is aware that CHAPONDA can’t be trusted with this becoz he will steal all the money without buying maize. Even the president knows that CHAPONDA is already involved in other corruption scandals but is just being shielded for now. Can’t u see that the president is just quiet!! that should tell u a story fox….bravo GOODALL!!!!

  4. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    You people are just . . .
    . . . creating order where there is no order and a storm out of a cup; and
    . . . mistaking an anthill for a mountain and a lizard for a crocodile.
    Truth is, this issue of procuring maize is not something which happens every year thus assigned to some particular ministry, no! Its a once-off thing and therefore nothing wrong with Treasury, handling it.
    …………………………………………………………………….
    And, who doesnt know that Ministry of Agriculture is Chaponda, loosely?
    . . . Now, can anyone swear upon his/her dignity, that Chaponda would more likely use the money for the intended purpose than Goodall?
    . . . Or do we suppose that the procurement of maize requires some agricultural expertise, only found at the Ministry of Agriculture?
    . . . Yes, previously this may have been handled by the Agri Ministry, but how many times have our ears been greeted with piercing news of abuse of funds at the Agri Ministry? Shoudnt this therefore, be looked at, as a remedial measure?
    . . . And are we not improving efficiency by assigning procurement and distribution of the maize to different entities? Now, I believe what I once heard . . .
    . . . “Most problems in our lives (especially for tomorrow) do not exist, except in our imaginations.”
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  5. Disaster Management says:

    Shame. A chaponda alibe manyazi. He is used to getting commissions. Akufuna za kampeni. Actually goodal is right, the world bank is funding Ministry of finance to buy maize. Cry baby Mr Cahponda.

    Komanso anyasatimes, improve on spellings. Make use of spell check. Mwaonjeza kwambiri

  6. Chims says:

    K75billion for maize? that’s ridiculous. i now see why this country will never develop. If we can invest that sort of amount in advanced farming systems not only can we feed ourselves but also the neighbouring countries and the generations to come.

  7. Nganga says:

    Chaponda Vs Gondwe. Lets wait and see. Zayambiaka. Peter for the first time has admitted that his officials are stealing 40%. Can’t you the connection here. Watch out Gondwe.

  8. Huuuwiii aGondwe Awo! says:

    Uyo ndiye mdala Goodfall Gondwe!

  9. Malawi says:

    Two years ago we saw politicians criss crossing the country reassuring people and telling them the manfestos. They even managed to reach unreachable place and pretended to feel sorry for people . This time they sympathised with people and wondered how they managed or connected them selves to the rest of the Country.
    They vowed and pledged to do something.
    They got the vote now they are busy enriching themselves and their immediate families and friends.
    52 years own the majority of our kids are learning under trees. Those who are lucky enough are in pathetic structures which are called schools. Why should they care when they can send theirs to St Andrews, Bishop Mackenzie Kamuzu Academy and all those descent schools on tax payers money.

    They promised about goid health care system. Why should they bother yet at tax payers money they can afford to go to Mwaiwathu or abroad for treatment.

    It’s OK for the TB patients to die or be sent away because of lack of food who cares to put aside a budget for them . They would rather provide food for those protecting them.

    Who cares to buy Ambulances for hospitals. Let those patients die . It’s better for fleet of cars to be available at the doing nothing rather than that.

    Working convoy is better than fixing those broken Ambulances.
    Our tax ois working hard building their houses and yet We cannot afford a thatched house.
    We buy fuel for them. Electricity and water is not an issue for them.

    We cannot even afford tap water or electricity but our tax is paying for this.
    Those who can afford are faced with black outs and empty taps yet them they get the servicev24/7.
    It’s painful.

  10. thunguwire says:

    This clearly shows that Goodall dont trust Chaponda and the Team in the Agriculture ministry…. otherwise aba zonse

  11. Malawi says:

    How long is it going to take the President to act on this Man. It buffles me really that this man is still solid and serving and yet we all know he is one of the most corrupt serving Minister in Malawi. #enoughisenough.

    1. Who knows if Goodal is not just a messenger, KKKKKKKK

  12. President Chidakhwa says:

    This old man should be fired or should resign. He is a liability not an asset to the country. During Bingu period people thought he was a performer because Bingu was an economist, but now he seem one eyed man among the blind. Even you question his basic fiscal policies e.g. saying we have saved 40% of the last year’s budget. There is no saving in economy because govt expenditure stimulate demand. Govt has a lot of stakeholders like suppliers if he does not fund a govt depart. How can suppliers get monies. If the suppliers are exporters, How can they export anything without any monies paid. The how can you develop the country?

  13. sabata says:

    We are not serious even an inch. Getting a loan from private institution just to buy maize. Come 2019 villagers will vote you back to government.

  14. big man says:

    congrants Mr Goodal Gondwe otherwise mbava zikanaba.

    1. Wake up “Big Man” what you see in this picture could be the chief thief!

  15. John Black says:

    The government is borrowing gigantic amounts of money, using it for comsumption instead of investment. This is a slow road to suicide, but the problems are deferred on the next government (four year grace period!). Instead the government should raise the money with anti-corruption policies. https://motherlandfatherland.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/corruption-2/comment-page-1/#comment-22

    1. Achimidzimidzi says:

      John Black is right, why not recover the money mentioned in the audit report other than borrowing.

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