Jumbe suspended as Admarc CEO, 2 directors Mwala and Gwembere fired: ‘Clearing the rubble’

The board of the State grain marketer, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), has suspended the institution’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO),  Felix Jumbe, and two other top bosses from their positions.

Jumbe: Reasons for the suspension haven’t been explained.

The two others are Harold Mwala was the Director of Finance and Garnet Gwembere who has been holding the position of the Director of Operations.

This comes a week after the President told the press in Lilongwe that board of directors of various parastatals must act on individuals who were appointed through dubious ways, mostly on political affiliation of the previous DPP administration.

In a memo dated November 10, 2020, and addressed to the members of staff, the ADMARC Board chairperson, Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi, said the following the development, the Board has appointed Mrs. Dhlelisile Matando Phiri to act in the position of the CEO while Gerald Ganizani will be the acting Director of Finance with Michael James Mnenula acting as the Director of Operations.

“This will be the position until further notice. May I therefore urge you all to join me in congratulating them and further urge you all to offer them your untiring support,” implores Kusamba Dzonzi in the letter.

Jumbe confirmed the suspension: “I have been told to step aside.”

His suspension comes barely a few weeks after he had told the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture in Lilongwe that the government was owing the parastatal in excess of K23 billion.

He said the outstanding debt was one of the factors contributing to the poor performance at the corporation.

Jumbe disclosed that the corporation needs close to K300 billion to bring the operations of ADMARC back to those cherished old days when the institution led in grain trade.

“If government could pay us the K23 billion it owes us, we could have somewhere to start from. But with the longstanding debt, most of our operations have now been paralysed,” he said.

Chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Ulemu Chilapondwa, said his committee would lobby members of Parliament (MPs) to consider allocating adequate resources to ADMARC.

Chilapondwa added that the committee wants to propose that the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) should stop buying maize and that the role should be given to ADMARC only to avoid duplication of work for the two institutions.

“For a long time, ADMARC has been a strategic grain trader for agro-produce. It’s very important that we should give adequate resources so that it functions effectively and efficiently,” he said.

At the meeting, members of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, including the outspoken Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kala, Chilapondwa and others, assured Jumbe of their support to formalize his appointment at ADMARC.

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Phyot Olera Kun Yini
8 months ago

Please tell Chakwera that the government payment system called IFMIS has not been functioning for four weeks now nationwide. Government has gone to the ICU. What is he doing about this? So you shall blame Civil Servants for poor delivery of service when systems are not functioning?

Charles
Charles
8 months ago

Does Chakwera operate the IFMIS system? Or does he repair the system when it breaks down? Be sensible and think before posting your ‘ideas’! There are trained IFMIS specialists employed by government and these are the ones who can work on your concerns and not the president – he is not a computer or IFMIS specialist!

James mpata
James mpata
8 months ago

Owkey noted.

Moqtadar al Sadir
8 months ago

Nkholokolo iyi. Pitani kwa APM adakupatseni zina zochita.

laws
laws
8 months ago

Mr Jumbe is a seasoned marketer and knows his job,it’s a loss to the government for making these stupid decisions.I don’t see the logic here than appeasing your cousins and girlfriends.mind you these pple will not last after 2025

Milward Gunde
Milward Gunde
8 months ago

Bwana Dzonzi. mabwana ena pamenepa anachera misampha yawo yoti atole khobwe kwa ma venda amene anawalemba kuyi awagule chimanga. Yalakwatu pamenepa.KKKKKKK. Mwaiwerenga bwino game Boss.

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

Not surprising and the one to go there is an MCp executive member. Saukila at NFR is next because they are sending Chidanti Malunga there. So when MCp makes these political appointment it’s ok and HRDc just watches. Stupid

Kast
Kast
8 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Already Ganizanis sister is a Kadzamira

Msekerya kurya
Msekerya kurya
8 months ago

Kapumeni bambo jumbe. Anzanu nawoso adyerereko

Mpakateni
8 months ago

Ndiye ntchitozi mudzazilegeza liti kuti anthu omwe ali ndi oziyeneza andzalembere? Musaiwale munkatiuza kuti anthu ,muzidzawachita ma interview pa television kuti dziko lonse lidzaonere. Tikudikiratu. Zikudabwitsa mukuthamangira kuikamo anthu anu popanda ma interview. Zenizeni mziti? we shall hold you accountable in the near future.

Chindelechakufikapo
Chindelechakufikapo
8 months ago

This is a welcome development, the same should also be extended to LIHACO where it’s CEO thought he was running his personal estate, to begin with his appointment as the Director of finance leaves slot to be desired let alone his ascendancy to the post of CEO was even more questionable, above all things the guy is nothing but a complete nuisance that is loothed by many.

Mli
Mli
8 months ago

What does LIHACO stand for?

Nkhodzo za pusi
Nkhodzo za pusi
8 months ago
Reply to  Mli

Lilongwe Handling Company

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
8 months ago

Kodi Gerald Ganizani zoti anamuchosa ku Celtel mulandu wa Fraud simukudziwa? Analembedwa bwanji ku ADMARC kapena ndi NOCMA part 2?

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