PP asks Mutharika to act on Zambia maize procuremt scandal: Fire Minister Chaponda, Admarc boss Mulumbe
People’s Party (PP) has asked President Peter Mutharika to institute investigations into the rot in the procurement process of maize from neighbouring Zambia.
PP said in a statement that President Mutharika should relieve of their duties CEO for state-produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), Foster Mulumbe and Minister of Angriculture, Irrigation and Water George Chaponda to pave way for investigations.
Orange Partners, an arm of the PP, said in a statement that they are shocked with the amount of revelations made by media that the DPP led government lied to the nation on Zambia Maize deal and ad that at least K9.5 billion was misappropriated in the process.
“Nevertheless what is more disgusting is the level of impenitent demonstrated by the Admarc officials and negligence by the Ministry of Agriculture,” reads the statement sgned by the Partners’ national coordinator, who is also PP administrative secretary, Joseph Chikwemba.
Chikwemba said the Partners have concluded that the fight against corruption in this country will remain “a kindergarten song” until leaders and those in positions of authority stop talking tough but rather begin to walk the talk.
“Unfortunately most leaders prefer to govern where institutions are very weak or do not exist, so that they will not be accountable for their corrupt behavior and abuse of office, no wonder the Anti-Corruption Bureau is just a club. With the absence of effective checks and balances, corruption continues unabated over the past 50 years after independence,” Chikwemba pointed out.
PP has since challenged Mutharika to deal with corruption without fear or favour and reaffirm the oath he took publicly while holding the Bible, and pledged that he will do what is right.
“In his own words he declared ‘I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly perform the functions of the high office of President of the Republic of Malawi, and that I will do right to all manner of people according to law without fear or favor, affection or ill-will. So help me God’
“We are hereby reminding him that doing what is right to all manner of people according to law without fear or favor, affection means do all what is necessary to advance the welfare of all Malawians and demonstrate that he is on top of the game in fighting against corruption which is number one contributing factor of all evils that Malawians are facing today, including hunger, disease, poverty, unemployment and poor infrastructures,” said Chikwemba.
He said the President should demonstrate that he is not only interested in anti-corruption campaign and take pleasure in talking tough against it but that he is willing to sacrifice for the betterment of this struggling nation.
“We understand the other definition of corruption is misuse of public power for private or political gain a manner that contravenes the rules of the game. Malawi is looking for leadership that is committed in service delivery, good governance, zero tolerance on corruption, public reforms, procurement reforms by encouraging competition in providing goods and services to the state through use of more open procedures,” added.
The maize purchase deal is currently marred with controversy regarding contractual issues involving Admarc and a private Zambian company, Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited.
While Admarc boss Foster Mulumbe insists that Admarc is buying the staple grain from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency, documents show that Admarc is actually using Kaloswe.
Meanwhile, Kaloswe is suing Admarc for breach of contract.
According to Kaloswe chief executive officer, Isaac Kapambwe, his company signed a contract with Admarc in June 2016 to purchase and deliver maize.
Kapambwe said his company has “all communications” on the deal with AdmarcFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Also remember that there was a battle of who should buy the maize between Gondwe and Chapanda. Chaponda won and here we are. This is the way DPP is fund raising for campaign (2019). The party is so broke and the thieves have the blessings of the fake and emargency President.
Peter is also involved in this scam. Remember he is the one who announced the price of maize. Why of all the people. If he is not to interfere with colleges what interests did he have with ADMAC?.
The president must step down he had failed malawians. How many …gates gates should be before he resigns honourably than wait for God’s intervention. He failed as minister how did you honestly expect him to perform at high office. Anyway kubela chisankho ndi nchoncho no brains to handle situation. SHAME
Galu wa president Peter corrupt Munthalika ( PCM )
Kuteleku mum a chaponda ndi president opusayu kuti bring forth evidence ngati kuti Ali clean.
Tionana 2017 kukhala revolution osati yamasewera
Peter is the worst president ever Muluzi failed but izi ndie zanyanya it’s as if Malawi has no leader, the man is just sleeping with Getrude at the state house. Nothing will change I feel sorry for my country
The president is a thief just like his stupid ministers and the ADmARC CEO is from the same constituency the stupid president comes from. What we need is revolution nothing else
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Eeeeish mmmmm mamama khoswe wakhala pa mkhate mayooooo my beloved country ,Mulungu mpaka kukadzutsa opposite in Zambia to speek for Malawian,tears
If our President is not going to do something about this maize scam, then he really is a shame to PHD holders! Remember…….food to a Malawian, is Nsima.