$34.5m 'Maizegate' scandal saw procurement procedures 'flouted'

An inquiry into the procurement of Zambian maize has recommended that agriculture minister George Chaponda be investigated by the country’s anti-corruption bureau.

The “Maizegate” probe, set up by president Peter Mutharika, recommended the country’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigate Chaponda’s dealings in the procurement process, which led to the purchase from Zambia of 100,000 tonnes of maize at $345 per tonne.

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