A privately owned company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited based in Zambia which purportedly played the role of middleman in the purchase of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize by the Government of Malawi from the copper rich nation is dragging to court Agricultural Development and Marketing Cooperation (Admarc) for breach of contract.
Meanwhile, Kaloswe Limited has already dragged Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) to court over similar charges and according to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kaloswe, Isaac Kapambwe, said the matter is in court and refused to say much for fear of prejudice.
Nevertheless, Kapambwe confirmed to this paper that his company signed a contract with Admarc in June 2016 to purchase and deliver the maize, contrary to what Admarc CEO Foster Mulumbe told journalists in Blantyre last week that the contract was terminated.
Said Kapambwe in a telephone interview on Wednesday: “Firstly, I have dragged ZCF to court and I am coming to Admarc thereafter. We signed a contract with Admarc on 17 June. There were a lot of things going on; some people were coming behind our back. We have all communications between us and Admarc but I cannot say much, I need to consult
Kaloswe Ltd suing Admarc my lawyers.”
Kapambwe also explained that his company earlier entered into a contract with ZCF to be supplied with 100,000 metric tonnes of maize for 2014/15 and that Kaloswe Ltd already had a customer in the name of Admarc.
Documents in our possession also confirm this and in an email Mulumbe confirmed to Kaloswe Ltd that all logistical costs on the Zambian side would be met by the private company.
In another email communication on October 7, 2016, the then Admarc director of administration and company secretary, George Bakuwa, confirmed of a planned meeting among ZCF, Kaloswe and an official of Admarc.
Apparently, it is now becoming clear that Kaloswe must have been duped in the deal and that some corrupt officers supposedly connived to take away the contract from Kaloswe and share the spoils.
But Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture in Zambia, Julius Shaba, has now changed tune and in an interview on Wednesday he refused that he had earlier stated that he only knows of a contract between ZCF and another private company in Malawi and not Admarc.
“Who gave you my number and why are you calling me, what I know is that there is a contract between ZCF and Admarc. I am not the one who was talking about that particular name (Kaloswe Ltd), so I have no idea, I only know of ZCF and Admarc. What I am talking to you is official, period. If you are looking for news, talk to Admarc and ZCF,” Shaba said before cutting the line.
An opposition leader in Zambia Saviour Chishimba has also threatened to drag some Malawian government officials together with some ministers in his country to Comesa Competition Commission
Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda who has been asked to explain on the alleged scam by Agriculture Committee of Parliament is yet to comment on the matter.
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