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ACB Begins Probe Into Malawi Maize Scandal

Written by  Written By Rhodes MSONKHO Feb 21, 2017

Agents of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) are raiding homes and offices of those implicated in the maize scandal.

This follows reports from two inquiries one by a presidential commission and another by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture.

 Reports from both investigators into the saga implicated Agriculture Minister George Chaponda and the Agricultural Development And Marketing Corporation’s (ADMARC) chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe among others.

The inquiry set aside by President Peter Mutharika suggested that the ACB further probe Chaponda as his involvement in the procurement of maize raised suspicions of corrupt practices.

Officials from ADMARC and the Ministry of Agriculture are suspected o have flouted procurement procedures in the purchase of maize from neighbouring Zambia..

Apart from them, senior management personnel and senior officials of Transglobe Produce Export Limited are also implicated in the scandal.

Speaking to Capital FM, Egrita Ndala who is senior public relations officer at the ACB confirmed that the graft busting body had in its possession search warrants to raid homes and offices of those implicated in the saga.

Ndala was however mum on names of those being searched by the ACB Agents.

She also chose not to disclose when the bureau will complete its probe.

The public has however expressed fury and doubt on whether tangible results will come out of the probe.

This is because unsatisfactory results have come out of the ACB’s past investigations.

Meanwhile the public is still questioning President Mutharika’s seriousness in the fight against corruption following his failure to publicly censure Chaponda.

 

Almost two weeks after the inquiry presented the report to the Malawi leader, he has since not yet spoken publicly on the findings.

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