Three senior officials of State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) are in the United States not to buy maize as it earlier communicated but to cancel maize procurement deals.

According to Admarc chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe on Friday told a parliamentary inquiry that the three; Admarc chairman James Masumbu, Admarc deputy CEO Margaret Mauwa and Admarc director of Finance Henry Kanjewe, are in the US to cancel the already clinched maize deal.

The three Admarc  senior officials have pocketed K53 million in allowances and accommodation just to cancel such maize procurement deals.

“They will meet the maize dealers from the Americas who have travelled to the US. They want to tell them Malawi will not buy the maize because the harvest time is just around the corner,” said Mulumbe.

Admarc, has recently been under the spotlight for the alleged maize procurement scandal.

Mulumbe told the inquiry that the government has suspended the procurement of maize because there is enough grain to take the country through the lean period.

The parliamentary inquiry was set up to probe how Mulumbe and Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda procured maize from Zambia after reports of suspicious dealings with  middleman Kaloswe.

Mulumbe appeared before the inquiry, the second time but Chaponda was no show on Friday.

Meanwhile, members of the civil society organisations have reacted angrily to the decision by government to send an Admarc delegation to the US, saying they could have waited for the outcome of the commission of inquiry on maize-gate to conclude its investigations in the procurement of the Zambia maize.

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