The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has concluded investigations into the dubious export of maize from Zambia to Malawi, and the findings have been submitted for legal opinion. No further details were revealed.
Last year, Zambia agreed to export 100,000 tonnes of maize to Malawi under a government-to-government deal. The maize was to be supplied by the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), and to be received by the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), but in between featured a Zambian company, Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited, which bought the maize from ZCF at $21.5 million, but sold it to ADMARC at $34.5 million. A committee of inquiry set up in Malawi concluded that the deal “was attended by serious malpractices”, involving agriculture ministers in both countries. However, while George Chaponda (Malawi) has been axed, Dora Siliya (Zambia) hangs on.