Government has been asked to institute an official inquiry to establish the reason why 30,000 metric tonnes of maize went bad in the grain reserves.
Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) in a statement issued by its boss John Kapito, fierce critic of government, demanded that an inquiry should focus on “the total quantity of rotten maize, whether indeed transport logistics was the main reason why maize was not being moved to Admarc markets as claimed by authorities and what triggered the higher prices of enough stocks of maize in silos.”
Malawi government has since sent chief executive officer for the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), Nasinuku Saukila on forced leave in order to pave way for investigations in the saga.
The government wants to know how the maize went bad, hence the decision to send Saukila on leave to ensure non-interference with the investigations currently underway.
Earlier, the food reserve agency claimed that the storage had leaks allowing rain water to seep in.