Mulumbe to be summoned again after ODPP faults Admarc on Malawi-Zambia maizegate

The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture , Irrigation and Water Development chairperson Jospeh Chidanti Malunga has said  Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) chief executive officer (CEO) Foster Mulumbe  will be summoned again to appear before  members of Parliament (MPs) investigating the Malawi-Zambia maize deal after  Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) faulted the State-produce trader in the ‘maizegate’.

Taulo: Admarc cheated

Director of public procurement Paul Taulo told Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture at Parliament Building, Lilongwe, that his office could have cancelled the maize transaction had President Peter Mutharika not established a Commission of Inquiry.

ODPP officials accused Admarc of providing false information to facilitate a quicker No Objection certificate on the Malawi purchase of maize in Zambia.

Taulo and his team were invited again to the inquiry after their first appearance MPs noted discrepancies in the dates the request for No Objection was made and the date Admarc internal procurement committee (IPC) resolved to make this request.

From the documents presented to the committee, the No Objection was issued two days after submission of IPC meeting minutes. In a normal circumstance, the rules minutes, which were supposed to originate from the IPC, were supposed to precede the request for the No Objection certificate.

And on Monday, ODPP deputy director if public procurement, Edward Jeke told the inquiry that Admarc did not do an open tender.

“Ding procurement using less competitive methods of procurement, worse [still] single sourcing, is something  we are usually not happy with because you are dealing with one supplier who has  better negotiating position than yourselves,” Jeke said.

Taulo maintained that when he was three days in office by June 17 2016, Admarc boss Mulumbe called him to issue a No Objection certificate.

He disclosed that the Admarc CEO told him that they [Admarc] had sourced maize from Zambia and they were in need of advisory services from the ODPP.

Malunga said Mulumbe and Admarc team will be summoned to hear their side of the story after ODPP testimonies.

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4 years ago

chmpnomba comment number 3… r vry stupid. mulumbe is innocent this is mia and jb and chakweras scheme hungry for power we know that mukufuna APM enawa zangowagwera. viva dpp 2074

4 years ago

I will be pleased to find where Chaponda is in all these interviews. People should know that all what the opposition and its mercenaries want is Chaponda by all means. And the Kamlepos will jump up and down if one interviewee mentions Chaponda even by slip of the tonque. 31st January is approaching yet Kamlepo and his henchmen have not heard the name Chaponda being closer to hell. One of these guys being interviewed should at least by deliberate mistake mention Chaponda so that Kamlepo should have a sleep that night.

4 years ago

stupid folks what are u trying to find,nothing but allowances

4 years ago

Mulumbe, Mulumbe, Mulumbe or is it Mulume. How many times did I call you?

Champonomba Pakati
Champonomba Pakati
4 years ago

Ndikanakhala Mulumbe bwenzi nditangoulula deal yonse. A Mulumbe mwaonekera poyera. You have been used as a condom. You thought you have a good friend Chaponda, see what he is doing. If you are not clever akupakani game yonseyi. Mbale wanga wa kumudzi ulula ndithu ukachedwa akudyetsa uve anguluwo.

4 years ago

Zayamba kuululika…….. ‘Pokwela, pokwela nzeru zilipo.. potsika potsika chimlomo lende’ we used to sing in those days

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