Officials from the parliamentary inquiry on maizegate on Friday took on Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Erica Maganga, accusing her of deliberately hiding crucial information on the procuremnt of Zambia maize.
Maganga had told the inquiry that the ministry’s involvement in the procurement of the maize was minimal.
The parliamentary committee of Agriculture and the Public Accounts Committee have jointly formed an inquiry to probe the suspicious procurement of maize from Zambia.
Agriculture minister George Chaponda and Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe are suspected of under dealings in the procurement of the grain.
The parliamentary inquiry on Friday pressed Maganga to be open on the matter, say the role Chaponda played in the procurement process.
Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo, Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua and Dowa east MP Richard Chimwendo Banda were among the members of parliament who expressed concern over Maganga’s dodgy responses on the matter.
Chaponda has rejected accusations of under dealings in the procurement of maize.
Until now, the inquiry has not established any wrong doing in the procurement of the maize on the part of Chaponda and Mulumbe who are both suspended from their respective positions.