A FIRE whose cause is yet to be established has destroyed property and critical documents at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.
The fire only consumed the wing which houses the offices of agriculture minister George Chaponda, principal secretary Erica Maganga and chief director Bright Kumwembe at the height of investigations into the maize deal the Malawi government entered into with Zambia.
The Malawian ‘maizegate’ involves the export of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize worth MWK26 billion to Malawi through the Zambia Cooperative Federation.
Malawi NGOs and church groups have taken their government officials to task following over-payments of about MWK9.5 billion to ZCF for the maize.
So far, some NGOs have sued President Peter Mutharika, Dr Chaponda and the Attorney General over the deal which cost the country colossal sums of money.
In Zambia, United Progressive Party president Saviour Chishimba wrote to the Anti-Corruption Commission requesting that the institution investigates the matter so that those behind the deal could be prosecuted