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Zambia maize import deal to Malalawi to mitigate food shortage has raised issues of corruption

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) — Graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is sending a team of its investigators to Zambia to probe the infamous maizegate.

Deputy director at ACB Reyneck Matemba has confirmed that the bureau started investigating the maizegate two weeks.

“We are sending our team to Zambia but I am not going to tell you when and who is going for obvious reasons,” he said.

He however said the investigators will work closely with Zambia’s antigraft body.

Matemba said the ACB has a constitutional mandate to investigate and prosecute any case suspected to involve corruption.

He therefore said the ACB can do its job in parallel with President Peter Mutharika appointed Commission of Inquiry.

“We may even get assistance from the commission. But our mandate and the mandate of the commission are different,” he said.

Matemba’s comments come at a time pressure is mounting on President Peter Mutharika to fire Agriculture minister George Chaponda to pave way for smoothing investigations.

Chaponda and Admarc CEO Foster Mlumbe are accused of suspicious involvement in the procurement of 100000 metric tonnes of maize.

The Admarc board has since sent Mlumbe on forced leave.