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Legal Affairs Committee Unimpressed With Maize Scandal Probe

Written by  Written By Jayne KAONGA Mar 01, 2017

The Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee is threatening to summon the Director of the Anti Corruption Bureau if they see no progress on the ADMARC maize scandal issue.

The Committee claims it is currently monitoring the situation closely.

A report by the commission of inquiry instituted by President Peter Mutharika, and another one by a joint parliamentary committee implicates Chaponda and ADMARC senior officials on the basis of dubious acts.

The issue stems from the decision by ADMARC to purchase maize from a Zambian broker Kaloswe Courier and Commuter.

If ADMARC had purchased the maize directly from the Zambian government, Malawi could have spent $ 21.5 million instead of the $ 34.5 million.

Over MK 170 million was recovered by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) after they raided former cabinet minister George Chaponda’s house in Lilongwe.

this was in local currency as well as in US Dollars, Botswana Pula and South African Rands.

Since the raid was done, the public is in the dark on what is being done to ensure that justice prevails as the ACB has not been forthcoming with information.

Capital FM contacted Maxwell Thyolera who is Chairperson of the legal affairs committee; he mentioned that though their role is to look on and not do much, in this case they will also inquire because it has become suspicious that no action has been taken. 

Thyolera added that he was in full support of the call from Civil Society Leaders that other cabinet ministers also be probed so they can declare their asset.

 

Though some ministers did declare them others are yet to follow suit and others under-declared their assets.

 

The committee is said to also be puzzled by the amount of wealth Chaponda accumulated in a space of two years.

Apart from that, the extent of the damage caused by the fire that gutted down Chaponda's office is still not known. 

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