Long Admarc queues worry ACB: Bribery fears

Graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has expressed worry that long queues at Admarc depots is a fertile breeding ground for corruption.

Admarc unending queues

Admarc unending queues

Maize queues  at Admarc

Maize queues at Admarc

ACB corruption prevention officer Susan Phiri said this after she visited several Admarc depots in the southern region.

Phiri said she was concerned with long queues at Admarc depots especially in Mulanje and Thyolo.

“This is a very worrying situation. This can be as a result of the commodity being sold dubiously or traders are buying the maize for reselling,” said Phiri.

She said her office is investigating the matter to see if there is an element of corruption.

Both National Food Reserve Agency and the parliamentary committee on agriculture assured the nation that the food reserve agency has enough food up to March 2016.

However, people have been complaining that most Admarc depots do not have maize stocks and are perpetually closed despite NFRA assurances that 40 trucks leave the silos everyday with maize to all Admarc depots.

Phiri said this was the reason for the ACB to probe the distribution and selling of maize.

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Open more selling points to ease pressure. Increase the lot from 10 to 25 kilo to reduce turn over time. So u don’t open a bag, two can share each outside front desk, then u don’t have to employ more staff measuring the grain. Security personel would settle any sharing dispute instead of systematically arranging desperate hungrey buyers. If not then four buyers can share a bag. See how much time you will save. See how much staff you can release for more productive work. Remember the more you keep people on que the less productive Malawi will be and… Read more »
Wabwino Kamanga

Very sad situation, if more maize are being distributed in all selling points of admarc deports i wish no any queue can be occurred.

Alex Likoswe

Corruption breeding grounds: road traffic, traffic police, lands, immigration, ESCOM


Community tracking of the lorries carting the maize from the reserves to the ADMARC depots must be enabled. Announce on national radio and provide police tracking until the maize is offloaded at destination ADMARC depot.

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