It has been revealed that some officials working with the Agriculture Development and Marketing Cooperation (Admarc) have been hired by some opposition politicians to defame Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government by deliberately compromising government efforts to fight against hunger in the country.
One of the Admarc officials in Mzimba told Malawi24 on Monday that the inefficiency in their service delivery has been sponsored by some opposition politicians he did not want to mention.
He further revealed that most of them have been instructed to be selling maize and subsidized fertilizer to vendors so that the current hunger prolongs beyond next year and consequently people should completely lose trust in the President Peter Mutharika led government.
“Investigations on this must begin from the head office because what I know is that some of these things are done deliberately,” said the source. Government is trying its best but when they will not investigate the issue from our head office, Admarc will be the worst and this government will lose popularity,” he said pleading for anonymity.
He tipped this publication on the move after our reporter found some Admarc officials within the area of village headman Ndabandaba in Mzimba district selling subsidized fertilizer at around midnight to some vendors on Sunday.
When our reporter went undercover to establish the truth on the issue, we found these Admarc officials selling inputs at only MK 12, 000 per each bag of 50 kg Urea and 23:12 fertilizer. One of the sources who know such midnight dealings revealed that they sell maize at only MK 3,000 to vendors.
“During morning hours they tell people to wait because they have run out of maize. Even on the issue of FISP, government will only waste its money. If they think it’s a lie they must employ some spies to be moving around night, they will arrest many of these corrupt officials,” he said.
This comes at a time when people have lost confidence and trust in Admarc services such that some beneficiaries of farm inputs subsidy program (FISP) are still keeping their coupons because they are unable to access the inputs in most Admarc’s.
Some local media reports have also revealed that people living in the area of Inkosi Kampingo Sibande are finding it hard to access cheaper maize and farm inputs from Admarc.
Meanwhile, chiefs in the district have urged government to act quickly on the matter.