Admarc boss denies wrongdoing in maize deal

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Admarc Chief Executive Officer Foster Mulumbe has denied any wrongdoing in the purchase of maize from Zambia, claiming that Malawi bought the maize from the Zambian government.

This is contrary to statements by the Zambian government that the maize was bought from vendors.

Speaking to joint parliamentary committees of public accounts and committee on agriculture, Mulumbe said Admarc has been dealing with Zambian Cooperative Federation (ZCF) which is under the Zambian government.

Foster Mulumbe

Foster Mulumbe clearing his name and office.

Responding to a question on whether Malawi had a deal with Zambia, the Admarc boss maintained to have had talks on the purchase of maize with government of the neighbouring country.

“In my view I would say so because Admarc is an institution under government and ZCF is under Zambian government,” said Mulumbe.

Mulumbe further said Admarc dumped Kaloswe after noting that the company was not an eligible supplier of maize as the company failed to disclose where they were to get the maize.

However the Zambian government through its agriculture minister Dola Siliya disclosed that the country only approved export permit to Malawi.

Siliya added that Malawi has been dealing with vendors in the country and not the ZCF as claimed by Malawian authorities.

“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.

She added that Zambia should not be implicated in corruption dealings that Malawi had in the country.

An earlier report that has been released by Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) also disclosed that Admarc had deals with vendors to supply the grains.

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34 Comments

  1. ukuyankhula potumbwa pot ulikutali tikanakukang’antha ndizibakela,anakulera mopusa kwambiri.anthuakuvutika inu basi kumapanga zachibwana.katangale ameneyo ndiamene akupangisa kut malawi azibwelera m’mbuyo chitukuko.nyasi mbava imeneyi

  2. Which Zambia government? Yet Zambia gov,has denied, say you dealing with smugglers which is also illegal and against both states. Mbava izi yeah

  3. These people are selfish and i wish them all they can expelled from their job we tired of useless people in malawi, a big blame shud go to APM coz he backs them

  4. Ngati nanu a times group mumafuna kutchuka muyaluka. To you two journalist anakunamizani kuti muzakhala press officer wina ambasador but that wont happen coz mcp wont win.

  5. KOMATU AMAI JOICE BANDA ANANENA KUTI: INE NDI AMENE NDAGWILA MBAVA ZOMWE ZIMABA M’BOMA KOMA TINATSUTSANAYE MMAI UJA KUTI: AI WAKUBA KOMA NDIIWE LELO BWAAA. NDI ZIMENEZOTU.

  6. 1 day they we will show these foolish officials who we r bcoz they take Malawians as fools ,people r suffering mumidzimu but they go to the media & tell us nonsense

  7. media is the true arm of chaos and anarchy. remember Ruanda, Malawi july 20, 2011. putting all your trust in media, which has a freedom to report now, will one day drive us into one of the two. chaos or arnachy. media only reports how they feel the report should be like. without knowing who will hear that, how will be the listener’s reaction, they go on reporting. then comes the people who believes their ears without their hearts and conscious taking part. what a world

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