United Progressive Party (UPP) President and Opposition Leader in Zambia Saviour Chishimba says he is ready to testify in the ongoing ‘maizegate’ scandal involving Malawi government and Zambia if summoned by any of the Commissions investigating the matter.
Chishimba revealed there are alot of secrets that happened in the course of processing the deal.
The UPP leader who brought the Maizegate scandal to limelight has since lablelled the people involved in the scam as ‘Mafias’.
He also accussed the Zambian government for being unfaithful to its citizens by imposing a ban on maize export with personal gains.
“These people are Mafias, there are cartels involved. Government in Zambia imposed a Maize ban in bad faith because what they wanted was to push other private sector operators out of the deal so that they
could bring there own people who could line with their pockets” Chishimba said in an interview with Malawi’s private owned Times Radio.
He added: “This whole thing is stinking corruption, government was only used as a front so that they could evade tax and maximize their profits”.
The outspoken Chishimba also revealed that he has already shared some of the important information with the Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) of Zambia and he hopes the commission will share the evidence with
Malawi’s grafting body Anti-Corruption Bureau which is also conducting an independent investigation.
Among other things, Chishimba testified that another Malawian company owned by a Malawian of Indian origin was involved in the maizegate scam.
He said these are people who are well connected and with business interest in Zambia therfore they can just walk straight to the state house without facing any hurdles.
Meanwhile, Chishimba has emphasized that he is more than willing to and ready to share the ‘missing link’ in the dubious maize deal.
It is believed that the deal involves officials from Malawi’s Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda and some top government officials.
The deal involved money amounting to about K26 Billion.
The Malawi government could have saved more than K9 Billion if the deal was done directly with the Zambian government.
Meanwhile, Chaponda remain suspended following a court order obtained over two weeks ago by some Malawi Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s).
He also risk arrest for Contempt of Court after sneaking out to Berlin, Germany where he attended a conference in his ministerial capacity a development which is against the court order.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :