ADMARC CEO Mulumbe fired over ‘maizegate’ scandal

The board of the State produce trader, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has recommended the firing of suspended chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe and director of operations Feckson Kantonga for having  having flouted procurement procedures in the Zambia maize import deal.

Suspended Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe: Verdict is out, guilty as charged

The special committee headed by one of the board members, Ken Ndanga, was tasked to meet and look at recommendations from two separate commissions of inquiry that named the two officials as having flouted procurement procedures in the Zambia maize import deal.

The committee released its findings on Wednesday and sources from Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  say they resolved to fire Mulumbe, but was undecided on Kantonga.

Ndanga refused to comment, saying Admarc board chairperson James Masumbu was the right person to  grant interviews.

Masumbu confirmed a  “decision has to be made”

He, however, said they would have to follow “certain procedures” before releasing the report.

Masumbu said the special committee presented  its findings and recommendations to the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee which will present the full report.

Admarc board on April 3 2017 suspended Mulumbe and Kantonga for allegedly flouting procurement procedures in the procurement of 100 000 metric tons of maize from neighbouring Zambia.

According to an April 20 2017 letter from the committee inviting Mulumbe to the hearing, the suspended CEO faced four charges of performing duties in an unsatisfactory and inefficient manner, or neglecting or omitting to perform the same contrary to regulation 16(b) of Admarc conditions of service.

Mulumbe was also charged with failing to conduct due diligence before contracting with Zambia Cooperative Federation, (ZCF), contrary to regulation 117 of the Public Procurement regulations. The third charge is disregarding standing operating instructions relevant to appointment contrary to regulation 16(e) of Admarc conditions of service.

Further, he was also charged with embarking on external travel without clearance from the board chairperson, contrary to prevailing government policy as contained in circular Ref. No. 15/01/1 of August 25 2015.

Former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda was also implicated in the dubious maize deal and was fired from Cabinet in February this year to pave the way for investigations by the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).

 

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15 thoughts on “ADMARC CEO Mulumbe fired over ‘maizegate’ scandal”

  1. Gudgado says:

    I know peter wont arrest chaponda. They are relatives. My message to chaponda: My friend( CHAPONDA), 2019 is looming nearer. Another president is coming. He is the one who is gonna arrest you. You are sailing in calm waters, but come 2019, uzachimina mphwanga.

  2. gudgado says:

    chaponda, mulumbe, kantonga all thievs and yet the govt is comfortable in their stinking pants

  3. Emmanuel says:

    It’s very interesting to that Professional Journalists , media practitioners can carry such alarming headlines.
    In this world of Information Technology, it’s very easy to know the truth behind every evil act.
    Bwana James Masumbu. We have a dossier on you, challenge us that you have not been advocating for the PT Makoni of SGI Holdings and Stratford Removals to buy maize from Admarc? Mr Masumbu, we are yet to publish your numerous e-mails and correspondences with Admarc Top Management and their responses at the time, even the responses from the Late Judge Bakuwa may his soul rest in peace.
    Mr Masumbu challenge us if you were not hosted by the Makonis in Zimbabwe a fee months ago, and that you sit on their board of directors a thing you have not disclosed on even declares interest in.

  4. CHIMVQ says:

    AGALU A MLAKHO
    TSAPANO KUTHAMANGA .NDI DEAL PA
    TOWN !

    ZABWERA MOCHEDWA !!

  5. Chigodo says:

    Embassy bound

  6. Che nsomba says:

    And these thieves are from which Region???Had it been from the other region you would have seen numerous stupid comments!!!!

  7. Rift Valley says:

    It is established practice by DPP government to reward ‘sacrificial lambs’ by posting them to some obscure embassy. I wonder where Mulumbe is going to.

  8. Wapaphata says:

    Masumbu chitakuswe nkhongo suchidziwa..akakhala a Ken Ndanga ife chipani tinachifera inu mukuthamga pa mbali pa hammer ya yellow. Mulumbe and kantonga are innocent ..iweyo masumbu ukumuda mulumbe kamba koti anakaukanira dilu ya chimanga ndipo tiulura of the instruction you gave admarc …we know kuti deputy wa mulumbe akuufuna udindowo. we know ndipo ma cadet sitilora tithana nanu and tell that brainless lady mauwa to get ready for the battle

  9. Nanga Chapondayu bwanji mukungomuyang’ana? Sellective justice pa Malawi.

  10. Hokoyo says:

    Please be clear about this. IOs he fired or not. The deadline says he has been fired. The intro says the board has recommended that he has to be fired. Can you be precise in your writing.

  11. Mudzamva liti says:

    That’s welcome news. Peter, fire Chaponda.

  12. Ovirelha says:

    When will Chaponda be arrested? Mukukonderatu apa

  13. benjones says:

    The authorities are playing hip hop game here.

  14. But why only Mulumbe and Kantonga what about officials from Ministry of Agriculture

    1. amango says:

      You want the board Chair of Admarc to fire Agriculture officials??? That’s outta his reach.

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