The public had been keenly anticipating George Chaponda’s meeting with the hope of hearing his side of the story over the botched maize procurement deal with Zambia.
Chaponda has since not given reasons for failing to appear before the committee.
He left for Germany last week where he was attending the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture.
This angered leaders of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) because of a court order that was earlier made barring him from carrying out ministerial duties.
The CSO’s are at the moment planning to file a contempt of court case over the minister’s action.
He managed to fool the nation on Wednesday by jetting in through Chileka airport on his way back from the Dutch capital though it was earlier confirmed he would land at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.
Unlike the minister, ADMARC Chief Executive Officer, Foster Mlumbe re-appeared before the committee earlier today.
This follows contradictory statements that he has made concerning figures on the tonnage of maize procured via the Kaloswe-Zambia Cooperative Federation.
They did not tally with those produced by the Office of the Director of Public Procurement – ODPP.
Over $34 million is believed to have been misappropriated.