Auditor General stalls tractorgate probe over US$50m Indian loan

Office of the Auditor General is yet to start an audit exercise in how a US$50 million loan the government took from India to buy tractors for small scale farmers ended up being sold to the country’s elite.

Tractors and shellers scandal

The Ombudsman ordered the audit three months ago following reports of maldministration on the loan.

However, Stepheson Kamphasa, the Auditor General said his office is yet to start the audit exercise as ordered by the Ombudsman.

“We have to lay down some procedures before we start the audit exercise,” said Kamphasa.

He was however upbeat the audit would start soon.

There was an uproar in parliament last year when it was made public that the powerful and the rich including Cabinet ministers and businessmen connected to the ruling party elite benefited from the loan scheme which was meant for the poor subsistence farmers.

The government said the poor could not be able to maintain the tractors.

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7 years ago

Mayi Ivy Luhanga kuno ku ministry of lands akuti abweza ma tractor awo anthu aakhululukile sadzayambilanso. Koma ma plot ndi nyumba anatenga sabweza.

7 years ago

Give back the tractors to intended beneficiaries of the loan.

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