Mutharika bemoans ‘moral recklessness’ queuing for maize in Admarc: Warns crooked officials

President Peter Mutharika has warned will take action against corrupt Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials conniving and selling government maize to vendors in bulks, thereby creating grain shortage in official selling outlets.

Tired and hungry Malawians have to queue  to get maize

Tired and hungry Malawians have to queue to get maize

Vendors, whom some are sourcing their commodity from Admarc, are selling the grain at exorbitant price with a 50kg bag going at a minimum of K15,000 in some markets. Admarc sells 50kg bag at K5, 500.

Mutharika in a statement to the nation on Wednesday labelled what is happening to the maize at Admarc depots as totally unacceptable.

“I am further informed that some Admarc officials are conniving together with some criminal maize vendors, who buy Admarc maize at night and sell it to poor Malawians elsewhere at very exorbitant prices,” said Mutharika.

“In some places poor Malawians are forced to buy this maize at K15, 000 per 50kg bag, because they cannot find maize at Admarc”.

Mutharika branded the conduct of some vendors and crooked Admarc officials as outrageous and most criminal.

“It is moral recklessness which I am not going to tolerate, or allow continuing. I must warn everyone strongly that such atrocities by criminal Admarc maize vendors have got to stop immediately. I have instructed the Police to investigate thoroughly, and take vigorous action. If they catch you, you will go to jail. So you better stop right away”.

The President assured the nation that police will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that these culprits do not return on the scene to steal more maize.

Mutharika has since called on Malawians to be more patriotic and help police apprehend vendors and Admarc officials conniving to divert the maize which is meant to be available for those genuinely in need of it.

Media reports stated that a woman in township of Ndirande in Blantyre fainted while queuing on an empty stomach to buy maize at Ndirande-Chinseu Admarc depot.

Reports stated that the woman whose identity is not verified was pushed by the crowd and fell to the ground but regained conscious after being taken to a local health clinic.

An assessment by government last year indicated that about 2.8 million will experience food shortage and need assistance.

Currently, the food shortage situation is worsening in the country and people are spending nights at Admarc depots just to access the grain which are only allowed to buy a minimum of 20kgs per individual.

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17 thoughts on “Mutharika bemoans ‘moral recklessness’ queuing for maize in Admarc: Warns crooked officials”

  1. no fear says:

    Bakili muluzi style imaphweka akamayendesa wina uwona iwe talika ulibe chikondi muthu oyipa

  2. Ellias says:

    Koma zoona tidzivutika ku admarc kopanda chimanga pamene cashgate assets zilipo? osawalanda bwanji and buy maize

  3. paguza says:

    vendors must stop selling maize on the markets instead Admarc must buy maize from vendors to be sold to those in need of maize

  4. MBUMBA says:

    Ngo”ombe ZAZIMUNA
    YABVYUTA NGOLO MAKOKEDWE
    APA !!

    YAYIKAZI IJA BOLANINSO !

  5. Nothing but the Truth says:

    All this is happening because government seriously blundered by not ensuring that there is adequate maize. It is a big mistake for Peter Mutharika to blame vendors. Where there is shortage of a commodity prices rise. The DPP govt is failing.

  6. Nyausithobwa says:

    The only way to discourage this is to put a cap on the price of maize. Every 50kg bag shood be sold at K5500.00 anybody found selling maize more than this price should be jailed. Simple then you will see that nobody will be bothered to buy it at K5500.00 and sell it at the sane price. Ndasova. Check in developed countries where you be lived for 40 years APM where they control prices? zonse zikubwerazi ndi chilango chobera Ma voti komanso kudzibisa mu cashgate.

  7. CHEMBYIYE WAN'G''ONO says:

    Government must seriously consider changing polices on maize trade. It does not make sense for Government to subsidize maize production, allow traders to buy traders to buy at low prices who are reselling the same maize to the community at a high price.

    Government must ban maize trade by private traders. Once farmers produce the crop, Government must arrange to buy all the excess maize from farmers, keep it in the silos and regulate the trade.

    In other words, maize must be removed from the list of cash crops and be taken as a Government protected crop.

    I am of the view that Fertilizers subsidy programme is benefiting maize traders more than the targeted poor farmers.

    Trade liberalisation on maize is hurting the poor.

    On the issue of vendors, Government must devise mechanism of tightening security in all ADMARC Markets. Vendors are enganging hordes of hooligans to que in ADMARC Markets to buy maize for them at a fee. Unfortunately some women are also used.

    Food for thought.

  8. AnzeruNdife says:

    All talk and no action. Catch just 1 official and we will take this rhetoric seriously.

  9. inayakeinayake says:

    Sad that you are putting NO mechanism to curtail the situation instead your putting another corrupt body of the government (Police) to carry on.
    The issue is all about supply and demand. Stock all Admarc depots with maize, demand will decrease affecting price the of maize sold by vendors vis-a-vi reducing their selling price.
    But shouting and threatening people will NOT salvage nor solve the problem.
    Statements such as if the people require more maize then we’ll order additional shows lack of commitment and unwillingness to sort out the underlying problem.

  10. Gwala says:

    Zimenezi nde zomwe zikufunika mumachedwa kuti kodi a president mumayenera kupanga action mwansanga chimanga pa lime depot ku balaka chinafika zana matumba 200 bags masana 12:00 oclocko kungogawa matumba 51 bags after 2 hours kusega office ya admarc nkuwauza antu kuti kwasala 48 bags bas

  11. Kaya says:

    At least this address is fine coming from the president. Unfortunately it is inadequate. How about those vendors that are currently selling their maize at exorbitant prices? Will they be asked to reduce the prices? For instance, a 20 litre pail of maize at Matabwa Market within Mzuzu City is selling at MK5500. Apart from rectifying the anomalies happening at ADMARC depots, what about these vendors that are still pegging the prices too high? Is the government leaving these vendors just like that because of the liberalized economy existent in the country? I expect more from the government and the president. ….And again, where is the minister responsible for food security? What is his role in all this?

  12. chipapwiche says:

    I think the issue of maize scarcity should be addressed with seriousness and promptly. The issue of vendors buying maize from admarc depots has been there for quite sometime and it has been talked about about by authorities now and again but seems no action has been taken so far. It seems some big shots in govt are behind this trade at the expense of poor Malawians. The other altenative is to regulate the price of maize as former president Bingu wa Mutharika did some years ago and vendors had no where to sell their maize beacause government controlled the price of maize. So why can the gvt do the same now to recsue people from this hunger,otherwise its total mockery for the president to inform the nation that the country has enough maize when citizens can hardly access it.

  13. John says:

    Mr president don’t be lenient with Vendors they Will destroy your goverment, be serious with them 2019 is around the conner

  14. You said no one will die of starvation, so what is this???? Tell us.

  15. Hillary says:

    The Bingu’s regime had to put strong restrictions to such acts and they did not prevail. this assisted Malawi to have enough food and hence was capable of prompting zero deficit budget. now without enough food and this negligence wont take us anywhere, already in an economical crisis. its a bad omen. there must b an immediate arrest and stiff punishment to the vendors and let alone the admar officials

  16. Lupwito says:

    kodi zoti kulinjala dziko lakukanikani kuyendetsa mukukanabe or mukubvomela pitala ndi u thi Pi Pi wanu??

  17. ALOSWEA says:

    A leader is chosen to Lead people just declare that maize price is ‘K5500 no one should sell over that anyone selling above that should be apprehended

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