A trip to Zambia on Sunday by the parliamentary inquiry on maizegate hangs in limbo as the Foreign Affairs ministry is yet to clear the investigating mission.
Chairman of the inquiry Joseph Chidanti Malunga said on Friday afternoon the clearance letter had not yet arrived.
“We are just a few hours before we finish the business day but we have not heard from the ministry on a trip we are to go on Sunday,” he said.
He said as parliament going to another country, they needed the clearance letter from the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Spokesperson for the ministry Rejoice Shumba said the ministry was waiting for two valuables missing information from parliament on the trip, the exact date and time when the members of the inquiry were leaving Malawi and who exactly they wanted to meet in Zambia.
“As soon as this information is made available to us, we will process the clearance letter,” she said.
Clerk of parliament Fiona Kalemba said the inquiry was not restricted to travel this Sunday only.
“They can travel any day as soon as the clearance issue is sorted out,” she said.
The inquiry, comprising of parliamentary committee on Agriculture and Public Accounts Committee are probing reports of suspicious dealings in the procurement of maize from Zambia by Agriculture minister George Chaponda and Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe.
Chaponda refused to appear before the inquiry on Friday but Mulumbe has appeared before it twice.