Mutharika cornered over lies on Maize purchase

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The Zambian government has distanced itself from the maize procurement scam arguing that Malawi bought maize from individual farmers and not from Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency.

The development comes at a time when Malawian officials including President Peter Mutharika have for several times disclosed that they purchased 100, 000 metric tonnes of maize from the country.

Speaking to members of the press last year in October after his arrival from United Nations General Assembly, Mutharika disclosed that minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development George Chaponda signed a deal to buy the staple grains with Zambian government.

Peter Mutharika

Mutharika: His government has come under fire.

Mutharika further assured the nation that “no one will starve” with hunger as the country has already begun receiving maize from Zambia.

However, minister for agriculture in Zambia Dora Siliya has brushed aside the claims by Malawian authorities saying her country only issued a permit of clearance.

Siliya added that her ministry should not be implicated in any corruption involving the maize deal between Zambia and Malawi.

“We allowed for the export to Malawi because the contract was signed before the ban on export was effected, the contract was signed in June 2016 under a government arrangement to help Malawi with the commodity following a drought that spared Zambia in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC),” Siliya told Lusaka Times.

Meanwhile, a report by the Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) on the maize scandal has also revealed that Malawi purchased the staple grains from individual farmers in Zambia.

The report further disclosed that the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and water development had a big role in the purchase of the maize contrary to what Chaponda earlier told the nation.

Chaponda is on record to have told the nation that his involvement was minimal in the purchase of the maize as some stakeholders called for his resignation.

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  1. Kodi amarawi munangobadwa ndimanyi pakhosi ngati grasshoper why? Boma likachita zabwino simuyamika, mumangopinda michira,single mistec ndiye chiphwebwene kuno kuraratira president munalikuti nthawi yamasakho? Mufune musafune apm 2019 boma ndipo amene mukunyozanu simunamu votere apm ,ndiye mukunama tionane 2019 yomweyo.

  2. Injesi ndiye usiye kunena za umbava ngat pali mbara yotheratu ndiiweyo ku malawi kuno unanthawa akufuna kukuveka teyara komaso chiyambileni ndale

  3. Anthu Zikuwakhuza Chifukwa Chanjala Ilikoy Anzako Anakwezako Mpakana Chonchi? Opusa Iwe 2019 Uzagwirise Ntchito Zako Zakumdimazo Koma Mlumgu Simunthu. Uzaisova

  4. That Is Very Bg Thieve In Malaw. Osathandiza Amphawi Koma Achuma Okha Bas. 2019 Suzaonaso Matako Ako Anzako Azaikepo Awo Mbava Iwe Umakweza Zinthu M’malawi Ndiweyo Mot Amphawi Azivutka.

  5. Anna kadzuwa we sold the maize through government of Zambia to Malawi no venda involved they told everyone having maize to supplies through government security tiety

  6. ndinanena kale tangobueresani boko haramu kno olo pangani supply mifuti tigwire ntchitoyo basi tipange za iwo for more imfo inbox tisamAngomva chaponda mawa pido hhhhhi kutani inuo Ma RPG alowe basi tizingo thuzula

  7. mukana ndlama za ma budget ena koma za chakudya mwateka mtundu wanu omwe ena akafa ndinjala mutipo bwa? mukuputa nkhondo enafe tithakulora kuti magazi akhale fuel oyendetsela dziko lino ku mtendele lucius banda tiyenawoni

  8. Steve mpashu dont try 2 show that ur cleverer than all of us we all know maize cldnt leave without Zambian gvt knowing the issue is that these thieves didnt buy maize 4rom Zambian govt

  9. Now The Money Has Been Embelzod Yet Hunger Is Still Leading On Millions Of Pple,watchout All Those Who Have Involved In This Scandle,muzalangidwa Ndithu.

  10. kkkkkk akuluwatu zinthu zaavuta kwangovuta nkuvomereza,tinganena zaumbava DPP number 1, Kukhapa anthu ndizikwanje DPP number 1 nde tikamati DPP ndi chipani cha ma MAFIA muziti timadana ndi utsogoleri wanu?

  11. No wonder momwe amajijirikira a Chaponda & now ni izi zikuwululika kkkk MBAVA ya DPP ikufunika kuilanga zenizeni because akakhala oti waba Nkhuku or Mbuzi amakhala kundende mwina zaka 10 ngati ndiosauka so what more zomwe apanga a Chaponda??Think twice b4 judgement

  12. Koma Malawi Akupita kuti? ndipo ndani amene azabwele ndikupulumutsa Malawi ? Pitala ndigulu lake awonesa kulephela kwawo, koma chomvetsa chisoni mukubela anthu osaukitsitsa amene sangakwanitse kuzagwana kwanu kuti muwathandize chisoni mulibe mbava inu

  13. Zambia Zambia Zambia How Many Times Hav I Called You? You Really Made My Day By Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag. Waiting To Hear This Statement Again ‘malawians Are Jealousy?

  14. i was vry surprised wth the commission of inquiry been apointed by mr president,some of member in that inquirly are his relatives coming from the same district thyolo for instance retired justnce msutsa

  15. From Cashgate to Maize gate,ee.Muthalika and Chaponda, out!!!!!!! They must step down.Or else we go to the Streets. We cant be led by Thieves anymore.We have had enough rubbish.PAC,CCPJ,Livingstonia synod,Activists,Opposition ,Where are you ?????????? Take it from there.

  16. Every Scandal that we hear in our Contry, the President is involved. Wat kind of shit is this? Now Zambia has distanced itself frm ur Shit, wat are u going to say? Are u going to blame Chakwera again?

  17. Let me cralify this issue as a person knows a bite about maize in Zambia government of Zambia stopped every individual to sell maize on their own the government of Zambia knows exactly the price and are the one who allowed the vendas to cell maize with their authority and they negotiate the price government to government and after that they give the vendas opportunity to sell maize with the knowledge of the government without Zambian government the maize can not come to Malawi

  18. Mutharika further assured the nation that “no one will starve” with hunger as the country has already begun receiving maize from Zambia. However, minister for agriculture in Zambia Dora Siliya has brushed aside the claims by Malawian authorities saying her country only issued a permit of clearance. Siliya added that her ministry should not be implicated in any corruption involving the maize deal between Zambia and Malawi. “We allowed for the export to Malawi because the contract was signed before the ban on export was effected, the contract was signed in June 2016 under a government arrangement to help Malawi with the commodity following a drought that spared Zambia in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC),” Siliya told Lusaka Times. Meanwhile, a report by the Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) on the maize scandal has also revealed that Malawi purchased the staple grains from individual farmers in Zambia. The report further disclosed that the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and water development had a big role in the purchase of the maize contrary to what Chaponda earlier told the nation. Chaponda is on record to have told the nation that his involvement was minimal in the purchase of the maize as some stakeholders called for his resignation.

  19. Peter govt, not Malawi govt, boma lanzeru silingagule chimanga kwa mavenda, if so akanapereka mpata kwa mavenda akwathu konkuno kuti apange supply chimanga ku ADMARC ndiye kuti ndalamazo zikanakhalanso m’dziko mom’muno. kungofuna kuba basi

  20. Kkkkkkkk ndimadziwa ine kut Lucius banda n kamlepo kaluwa sidzitsiru ai pomakuuzan chilungamo, Kkkkkkkk anthu akumwera ndimbava heavy kuba agalu awa achina mathayula pita yakumbuyo chaponda

  21. Court limapereka zaka zochuluka Kwa okhao osauka ndi amasiye kundende…look now Malawi nt safe country to live….give a lesson here for the least….confessed minister of tourism has openned Court & our eyes hw President & his ministers siphone country’s money & resources what else you want to kno…when will you take a serious action…APM akadzapita U.S.A simudzamuonaso UNTILL DEATH.

  22. A kumwera simukupanga nawo ma comment nkhani yachimanga bwanji? Ndikuona ma comment angochokera mchigao cha kumpoto ndi pakati, muzafera kuuna makape inu.

  23. ha ha ha Malawi government was buying maize from individuals in Zambia and not from the govt of Zambia ….thumbs up Zambia,Malawi govt is a joke never cares about its people

  24. Apulesidenti musanamize amalawi pangani chilungamo.Pamenepa muyenera kuchosa Chaponda ndipo amangidwe.Amalawi ndiosauka sibwino kupanga zinthu zowabera powanamizira.Pangani zitsanzo zabwino.Ziwani izi:Chitsankho chomwe chikubwera muzafunanso amalawi omwewa,omwe mukulola Chaponda kumawabera.Ngati inu Mtsogoleri pangani malawi akhale malo abwino kukhalamo.Pano amalawi akuphedwa kuvutika mmaikomu chifukwa malawi simalo abwino kukhalamo.Ndikhulupilira potha mwenzi uno tiona chilungamo kuchokera kwainu APulesidenti.

  25. Now you see , how crooked D.P.P government is? Chimanga mpaka Ku kagula Ku ma vendor eeeish boma lankhaza, ndipo Malawi sangatukuke even atalamula 40years.

  26. Wagwa nayo big up Zambia for not involved yrself into this, now that yr secret is out Mr u must also step we don’t want yr shit plz yr covering up for things that is destroying our country. In case u thot Zambia will involve itself in

  27. Thus wht we call # MALAWIANS, those who wnt to deal wth it then deal it, Okuba mankhwala muzipatala amachosedwa ntchito nanga pamenepa.
    Ngat alipo 22 achosedwe basi Osati m’mozi.

    • DPP means devil people’s party who are at a mission to root out Malawi resources from north, east, central south and western sides.
      We are saying its a shame, but its not a shame, because there people in thus country still supporting this family/ tribal and regional party that it will rescue Malawi from its poverty skin, I doubts.
      A sovereign country like ours lying to another sovereign state that really signed a business deal of buying maize for the nationals, is a wakeup call that really Malawi is on sale.
      Mtalika senior Bingu robbed Malawians like not other Malawian leaders who has never ruled Malawi others follows.
      Choosing a leader of Mtalikas caliber in 2019, wiil make Malawi ungovernable.

  28. Mukamadya bwino noninoni mu mbale musamati tonse tikutero ingogwadani pansi muthokoze yahova nanga mpaka kumabelaso amphawi mulungu azakulangani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!