Malawi’s leading news organisation, Times Group feel “vindicated” with the “facts”being unearthed in the probe by our Members of Parliament (MPs), who have travelled to Zambia to establish the truth in the controversial maize deal between State grain trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) , Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency, and private company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd.
The Daily Times, the flagship newspaper which published the leaked documents of the deal and declared that is on a mission aimed at bringing to light all clandestine dealings that have proven costly to the poor Malawian, on Thursday welcomed that start of MPs probe in Lusaka as good news to all hard working and patriotic Malawians.
“We at Times Group have always blown the whistle saying that we smell a rat in the whole transaction. As expected, we have been targeted by forces of darkness that are happy to see Malawians suffer as a few people enrich themselves,” the paper said in an editorial comment.
It was commenting on the story that ZCF has disowned a tax invoice for clearing over 1,000 metric tonnes of the grain, saying it may have been forged.
“The forces of darkness have used every means at their disposal to shut us up as they knew that we have been standing on solid truth about the Maizegate. These agents of death have lied, threatened, dilly-dallied and covered each other up to a point of breaking the very law that they swore to uphold and protect upon assuming office,” the paper said in its comment.
“We have seen some individuals volunteering to play a role of suicide bombers to suffocate Malawians with blatant lies. We have also witnessed some senior government officials whom Malawians held in high esteem, attempting to facilitate abuse of office, all this for personal gains.
But as they say, truth needs no defence,” it continued.
The paper hailed the MPs for starting their inquiry on a good note with revelations that there was a lot of forgery and uttering of false documents, which constitute lying under oath.
The MPs were on Thursday meeting middleman, Kaloswe Courier, which the Malawi Government duped through Admarc and whistle blower Zambian opposition leader, Saviour Chishimba.
The paper noted that these will be some of the “crucial witnesses” to help Malawians make an informed choice.
The paper said: “We are hopeful that the inquiry by the MPs will provide the much needed balancing act for the Commission of Inquiry that President Peter Mutharika has set up. We also believe that the President will take the MPs findings seriously as they represent all stakeholders in Parliament.”
The maize deal that has raised fears that government officials, including a Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister Gorge Chaponda and Admarc chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe , may have indulged in corruption.
The two deny any wrong doing.
Malawi obtained $40 million loan facility from PTA Bank for Admarc to buy maize.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :