Transglobe officials, who were supposed to appear before a parliamentary inquiry on maizegate on Friday afternoon, have not turned up at Parliament meeting in Lilongwe.
Chairperson of the inquiry Joseph Chidanti Malunga said Transglobe, one of the key witnesses in the maize procurement investigations, called to say the were not coming.
“They said they have already appeared before the presidential commission therefore there was no need to appear before us,” said Chidanti Malunga, looking disappointed .
“This is against the law, we shall see what to do with them. This is in contempt with parliament,” said Chidanti Malunga before he dashed for a meeting in camera with the other nine members.
The inquiry thought Transglobe officials would provide insightful responses on the maizegate issue after Transglobe managing director exchanged email correspondence with the embattled Agriculture minister George Chaponda on the procurement of the maize at a price of an inflated price of US$400 per tonne.
The inquiry officials quizzed Chaponda as to why he used his personal email rather than the government email when he was corresponding with the Transglobe officials.
The inquiry, comprising five members from the parliamentary committee on Agriculture and Public Accounts Committee was set to meet officials from the Grain Traders Association.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :