Mutharika advises ‘maizegate’ inquiry commissioners to ‘get to the bottom of the matter’

President  Peter Mutharika ha scalled on the Commission of Inquiry he has established to probe the misprocurement of maize in Zambia to “get to the bottom of the matter” for the truth to prevail describing maize as life for Malawians.

Commissioners in the maizegate inquiry

He said this when the  commission of inquiry on ADMARC’s maize procurement saga was on Friday sworn in at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

Mutharika said it was in his interest for Malawi to remain a nation of high integrity that he had appointed Commissioners to investigate the procurement of maize by ADMARC from Zambia.

“We need to get to the bottom of this and bring to the people nothing but the truth,” said Mutharika, adding: “This Commission starts work immediately and will report its findings by January 31, 2017.”

The president said he had decided to constitute an independent Commission of Inquiry because of the seriousness of the allegations and the matter at hand.

The Malawi leader said like most Malawians, he had complete trust in the Commission which he said would be chaired by the Retired Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa, S.C.

“Maize is our life. If you find any wrong-doing, then I will act accordingly,” said Mutharika, adding, “As a Head of State, I do not act on allegations. I act on facts and truth. Therefore, I hereby commission you to investigate the maize procurement and bring us facts and truth.”

He further said the natiom also had trust in Solicitor General Dr. Janet Banda and Isaac Kayira who are part of the team that Mutharika said would bring the truth.

Mike Chinoko from the Law Commission would work as Secretary to the Commission, according to Mutharika.

The president’s appointment of the Commission followed media reports of corruption in the procurement of maize by ADMARC from Zambia.

Following the allegations, the opposition and Mutharika’s critics have been calling for the resignation or firing of Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Dr. George Chaponda, and ADMARC CEO, Foster Mulumbe.

But Chaponda recently issued a statement disassociating himself from the procurement of the maize saying his “involvememt was minimal” and that a greater part of the procurement    “was done by ADMARC”.

The four commissioners were sworn in together with the Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, High Court Judge, Justice Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa, and Information, Communication and Technology Minister, Nicholas Dausi.

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I can’t believe you Mr. President, what is it that you want to know that you don’t know? You already know up to the bottom thus from the fly up to the tiger. Is there anything that you don’t kno ?
Mwaonjezatu abwana.

Francis Mpinganjira

Nkhani inatha kale iyi. Tingobvutisana zonama bwanji?

Kaziulika Chimugonda

No Commission of Investigation has yielded results in Malawi. We had Commission of Inquiry on Chasowa, Commission of Inquiry on Njauju, Commission of Inquiry on tractors/shellers. All with inconclusive ending. It is a waste of taxpayers money and time. It is an insult to Malawians to buy time for the situation to cool-down on its own.


The bottom of the issue is you Mr President. .You and your ministers are all out to steal….you can’t fire or even suspend those involved or suspected to have been involved in public thievery. .Reason?..You are part of whole scheme; stealing public funds to fund your party and yourselves. Dont hoodwink us that you are setting the commission to find the truth…you are part of the gang sir


Useless and waste of time and resources. Don’t cheat people mr president. We know you are playing games here.

Dr Patel

Anyapapi f…..k u. Enough of this shit in our country. This might be another smokescreen to hood wink us. Everything appointment being lhomwe and South. Mxiiiiiiiii. Zatikwanatu za tsakhu lanulo


Mukuona ngati mukamalembana ma northerners nokhanokha boma ma company ma NGO ife sizimatikwana? Tsankho silabwino kumene nanunso musiye


This dude thinks we are blunt. The guy is blocking the Mk577Bn cash gate report and the seven rotten ministers arrest. This is no difference. Whatever this inquiry does is a waste of time and resources for Malawians because this president unfaithful and it is difficult to trust him any more.

Woza Diplomat
I am a former diplomat from Lusaka. To the commission I say please also interview Mr Pisho Nkhwazi at the embassy because he knows a lot as he used to go out with Admarc and ministries officials to source maize. I know Mr Nkhwazi he will say the truth. Even when they went to the office of minister of Agriculture, Dora Siliya, in Lusaka Mr Nkhwazi was there with Dr Chaponda, Mulumbe, and the Deputy High Commissioner. But Mr Nkhwazi knows more. Even the sickness of George Bakuwa Mulumbe phoned Mr Nkhwazi who in turn informed staff at the mission.… Read more »

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