LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Barely two weeks after the country’s media exclusively exposed naughty deals on maize purchase in Zambia, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has come out of cocoon assuring the nation that is ready to prove the matter.
This comes amid a court injunction which Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation’s (Adamarc) Chief Executive officer (CEO) Foster Mulumbe obtained on Thursday stopping Times Group from publishing what the court document calls, “false and untrue” stories about him and the corporation.
But the media group defied the order by continuing carrying articles exposing the sour maize deal that ended Admarc being sued by privately owned company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited based in Zambia.
On Monday, this week Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security also pushed ACB to launch an inquiry into the maize scandal pegged at MK26 billion.
ACB director general Lucas Kondowe has told the Weekend Nation that the bureau has taken up the matter to investigate following the media reports on maize saga.
Kondowe said ACB will work closely with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia (ACCZ) to analyze documents related to the deal to establish if any wrongdoing was committed.
“We will be reviewing the tender documents together with ACCZ agency. We will start by looking at the tender documents then other aspects of the investigations will follow”, assures Kondowe.
Meanwhile Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of Parliament has urged President Peter Mutharika to suspend Admarc CEO Mulube and Agriculture Minister George Chaponda to pay away investigations on the matter.
PAC chairpersons Alekeni Menyani hinted that government was treating the matter with hide and seek without wanting to address the nation.
Menyani wondered as to why the entire Minister Chaponda who is being implicated remains in his position without remorse.
“We are not saying they are guilty. We simply saying they should allow investigations to take its course without and hindrances that after clearance, the two (Chaponda and Mulumbe) will retain their posts if necessary”, said Menyani.
Since the revelations started, executive arm of government has not been forthcoming with explanations in what transpired on the whole saga.
Minister Chaponda, who gave a ministerial statement in last Parliament sitting on the saga’s procurement, has been dogging the media on the matter leaving Mulumbe to fight on his own battle.
The corporation still insists that it’s buying the staple grain from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency; documents show that Admarc may have used a private Zambia company that may be more expensive than if the deal were government to government.
The Country’s grain marketer has reportedly paid US$34.5 million (MK26 billion) for the maize, which is US$13 million (MK9.5 billion) more than the US$21.5 million (MK15 billion) it could have paid had it bought the maize from Zambia government.
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