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The suspended minister, George Chaponda has said alot of mistakes were made and protocol was not followed in the Malawi-Zambia maize deal because Malawi was in a food crisis and in need of food.

Chaponda told the parliamentary committee probing the maize scandal that he was working under pressure and wanted to save lives.

“I had to save lives of Malawians and if i followed protocol lives could have been lost,” he said.

He added that neither did Zambia Cooperation Federation ( ZCF) had 100 000 metric tonnes of Maize nor money to purchase the maize which is contrary to what ZCF told the parliamenatry committee

“Transglobe came in because they had maize in Zambia and we needed the maize so they entered into an agreement with ZCF to supply Admarc the maize,” he said.

Chaponda added that his role was only to provide policy guidance.

“Admarc was buying the maize i only gave policy direction,” he said.

ZCF told parliamentary committee probing maizegate that it had 100 000 metric tonnes of maize and it failed to deliver it to Malawi because of the court wrangles in the maize deal.

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