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Maizegate: Parliament asks ACB, police to investigate Chaponda for abuse of office

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The joint parliamentary committe that was probing the maizegate has recomended that minister of agriculture, George Chaponda be investigated further for abusing his office in the Zambia maize deal.

Presenting the findings of the inquiry chairperson of the committee, Chadanti Malunga said that a crisis is not a justification to break laws.

“Chaponda said that the house was burning and he did everthing to save lives, regardless of the fact that he believes in a crisis laws are not respected, we find it absurd that the remarks came from a law expert.

“The minister, Chaponda admitted himself that he broke laws and for this he must be investigated further by the ACB and the police and if he will be found guilty that he abused his office then he must be punished as the law demands,” he said.

He added that Tranglobe must also be investigated further.

“This company got itself in the deal through the back door because as per our investigations neither Admarc nor ZCF gave the company a go ahead.

“It is Chaponda who authorised Transglobe to supply 50 metric tonnes of maize,” he said.

Recently, the Presidential inquiry commission that was appointed by President, Mutharika to probe the maizegate found out that minister of agriculture, George Chaponda flouted procedures in the purchase of maize from Zambia.

Presenting the inquiry report to the President, chairperson of the commission, Justice Anastazia Msosa said that the deal was marred with irregularities.

“Officials involved in the deal including the agriculture minister, George Chaponda did not follow procedures and this is unacceptable and inexcusable,” she said.

Msosa added that agriculture minister, George Chaponda must be investigated further by the Anti- Corruption Bureau for his wrong doing in the deal.

“He was reckless in the dealings and he flouted procedures. His involvement with Transglobe is also suspicious, there seems to be some act of corruption to a certain extent” she added.

Msosa has also called upon government to deal with Admarc officials who were also reckless in the maize deal.

“They too are to blame for the mess and they must be punished by government accordingly,” she said.

In his response Mutharika said that he would look into the report and take the necessary action soon.

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