Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo has accused chair of parliamentary inquiry on maizegate Joseph Chidanti Malunga of favouritsm following his failure to take on board Mwenifumbo on the Zambia trip.
Some of the inquiry members left for Zambia on Tuesday morning where they are expected to meet those involved in the sale of maize to Malawi after reports of suspicious deals allegedly by Agriculture Minister George Chaponda and Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe.
The two denies any wrong doing.
Mwenifumbo said Chidanti Malunga had shown all along that he did not want the Karonga Central MP, who took an active part in the investigations, to be part of the team that travelled to Zambia.
“When the issue of money came up, there were several options which were floated to him, to reduce the number of days so that I be accomodated, the Speaker of Parliament be approached to help out but the chair never did this, may be he has issues with me,” said Mwenifumbo.
But Malunga said donors of the trip Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet), could not accomodate more people on the trip as their budget was modest.
He said he had no personal issues with Mwenifumbo except for the budgetary constraint.
The inquiry is expected to meet Chaponda soon after coming from Zambia.
Graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau also went to Zambia on the same issue whilst the President Peter Mutharika appointed Commission of Inquiry says it intends to go to Zambia as well for the same purpose.