Mutharika silence on ‘Maizegate’ inquiry results is suspicious – Opposition MP

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  legislator for Dedza East Juliana Lunguzi has asked President Peter Mutharika to come out and comment on the two inquiries on maizegate, saying his silence on the issue is suspicious.

Lunguzi: President should come out on inquiry results

Lunguzi said this in Parliament on Tuesday when contributing on the mid year budget review statement.

“The silence is raising a lot of suspicious, a lot of questions,” she said amid interruptions of points of order from the government side.

Lunguzi said Mutharika should tell the nation how the government is proceeding following reports from the presidential commission of inquiry and the parliamentary inquiry on maizegate.

Home Affairs minister Grace Chiumia, said investigations on the issue are going on.

“People should be patient. Results of the investigations will be made available to the public,” she said.

As Chiumia said this, graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau was storming houses of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development minister George Chaponda, principal secretary for Agriculture Erica Maganga and Transglobe officials.

ACB spokesperson Egritta Ndala said investigators were looking for relevant information in connection with investigations on the maizegate, the suspicious procurement of maize from Zambia.

She said the investigations started in January and took some officials to Zambia.

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