Agriculture committee questions AIP chairperson replacement


The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture has questioned the decision by the government to appoint Minister of Lands Sam Kawale as Chairperson for the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) Implementation Committee, replacing Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe.

However, Information Minister Gospel Kazako told The Daily Times Tuesday that the appointment, effected few weeks ago, does not mean loss of confidence in Lowe.

The change has come at a time there is uncertainty surrounding AIP implementation this year, even as some areas of the country anticipate the first rains this month.


In April this year, President Lazarus Chakwera gave Lowe a September deadline to complete AIP preparations, saying he would face the chop should he fail to do so.

Agriculture Committee of Parliament Chairperson Sameer Suleman said yesterday that the government has goofed by changing the chairmanship.

“It would be right for the Minister of Agriculture to head that committee, which is directly involved in agricultural issues. This [changing Lowe] is not on. We need to be serious,” Suleman said.


However, Kazako said the change has nothing to do with confidence, but that it is possible to have another minister chair a committee in another ministry.

“There are several committees doing several tasks. It is not a must that a line minister should be the chairperson.

“In the case of the energy committee, for example, Hon Sosten Gwengwe is the chairperson. Similarly, Hon Sam Kawale is the chair for AIP Implementation Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture is the Head of the Committee Secretariat,” Kazako said.

Parliament allocated K109 billion to the 2022-23 AIP initiative.

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