Employees at Admarc headquarters in Blantyre have gone on strike to force their Chief Executive Officer, Forster Mulumbe from coming to work due to his involvement in the Maizegate.
According to reports, the staff believes Mulumbe will tamper with evidence implicating him in the maizegate if he continues with his work as investigations are underway.
“Mulumbe is not supposed to come to office until he is cleared of his wrong doing in the maize scandal,” said one of the staff members on anonymity.
The employee added that they will only go back to their offices when their working conditions are improved as well.
“Our salaries, allowances are just poor and we need them increased considering the high cost of living in the country,” he said.
Recently, Presidential and the parliamentary inquiry commissions found out that minister of agriculture, George Chaponda and Admarc CEO Forster Mulumbe 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.