$14mil maize deal to Singaporean company hits snag after Zambia saga

A Singaporean company of an Asian origin born in Malawi is facing hitches on the $14 million maize import deal over suspicion of criminal impropriety on the Zambia maize procurement, Nyasa Times understands.

Young boy sitting on a stack of maize

The Singaporean maize deal was sealed without any sort of evaluation.

The company which was awarded the contract is called LE Mans International based in Singapore with headquarters in Mauritius, sources indicated.

The address of the company is listed as: 6 floor highcross building Bayfront Avenue, #B3-314/33@8B2-36/3GCrystal Pavilion North, Singapore 018972, Marina Singapore

Chief operations officer for Le Mans International Miss Zoe Ikghyanivich confirmed the supply and an agreement of receipt of contract.

She confirmed that payment was received and delivery made.

But following the controversial maize deal between State grain trader Admarc and Zambian private company, Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd,  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  is pulling the plug on the tender.

However, Zoe Ikghyanivich argues  that the Zambia saga has nothing to do with her compnay.

Malawi has been importing maize to avert food shortages after flooding and drought wrecked last year’s harvest.

“Maizegate” has prompted a group of 18 civil society organizations called the National Advocacy Platform to push for greater transparency in the maize procurement process.

“There are suspicions that some steps were not followed,” said Billy Mayaya, a rights activist.

The National Advocacy Platform wrote an open letter to President Peter Mutharika asking him to suspend Agriculture Minister George Chaponda, who is accused of direct — and illegal — involvement in the maize purchase.

Chaponda said his only involvement was “minimal” when he met with the president of Zambia to discuss the status of the deal, after Zambia announced that it had banned maize exports.

Malawi government spokesman Nicholas Dausi  has said Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister Gorge Chaponda and Admarc chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe did not use middleman in the procurement of maize and that there was no corruption.

“Maize was not bought from a private trader. It was bought from a Zambia Cooperative Federation, a subsidiary parastatal of the Zambian government. And Zambia Cooperative Federation has confirmed that, so I can only say what I have said,” Dausi said.

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7 years ago

The message that I get is that there was a contract which was fulfilled and that maize was delivered and payment was made. Yes clear! Another message is that the company is from Singapore with its HQ in Mauritius. Yes clear! Another message is that the Singaporean maize deal was sealed with no sort of Evaluation. Yes unclear! What evaluation and by who and by no evaluation, what’s the problem?????? Another further message is that the Ministry of Agriculture has pulled of the plug. Yes unclear! Pulling of the plug from the same US$14 million contract of which payment was… Read more »

7 years ago

Don’t listen to the so call Dausi don’t believe him and i wonder what kind of a human being is he that can not sympathize with his country. if i read the history of malawi it shows he’s one of the oldest in malawi politics but still behaves as if he joined politics yesteday

7 years ago

Sealing a deal without evaluation zikutiuza kuti patafunidwapo apa….. Go Deeper Nyasatimes!! Katangale mwaonjeza guys….

7 years ago

So what was a deal here

7 years ago
Reply to  Semani

Can you not fotsek read its a mwenye and they ar confirming receiving payment. Naweso ndiwe chitsilu

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