The Malawi government through the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and water development has urged Malawians to help it in dealing with corrupt employees of Agriculture Development and Marketing Cooperation (Admarc).
The ministry wants Malawians to assist it in apprehending officials who are reportedly subjecting Malawians to various forms of abuse when they want to buy maize.
Speaking to Malawi24 on Wednesday, minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development Allan Chiyembekeza said government is shocked with frequent media reports indicating that some Admarc employees demand sexual favors from women in exchange for the cheaper maize and that they sell maize to vendors.
He went on to condemn the behavior of some employees who demand additional money on top of the recommended price from poor Malawians to access the commodity.
“We are aware of such mess as government thus we are urging Malawians to help us in dealing with these corrupt officials. As the ministry responsible, we are not just sleeping because we have engaged the police so that appropriate actions are taken,” said Chiyembekeza.
He further repeated what other government officials have been saying that that no Malawian will die of hunger in the country because the ministry is working round the clock to make maize available in all Admarc depots.
In his remarks, chief executive officer for the cooperation, Foster Mulumbe also called on Malawians to help in dealing with all officials who are masterminding corrupt practices in the process of selling maize.
“They must give us details of any official demanding additional money or sexual favors so that we may see what to do with them. Their practices are uncalled for and as the chief of Admarc I cannot just sit back and watch those Malawians being subjected to injustices for the sake of maize,” he fumed.
Mulumbe also claimed that some corrupt officials have already been fired in connection with such immoral practices and he is ready to deal with any other employee who will be reported to be demanding sex from women or additional money for to sell the maize.
“Why should they be doing such things to fellow Malawians? That is inhuman and let me urge all Malawians to report to my office should they be subjected to such practices,” he said.
Malawi24 understands that the recommended price for 50Kg bag of maize is MK 5,500 but some Admarc official are seen selling the same quantity at as high as MK 10,000.
In some depots they are also reportedly using fake scales which do not match the real quantity.