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Malawi Police fear corruption in new Fisp arrangement

Malawi Police Service has expressed worry that this year’s implementation of Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), with 60 percent in the hands of the private sector, will be dogged by corruption.

Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations, Rodney Jose, said this yesterday in Lilongwe but was quick to add that the police will not leave the situation unattended to.

He said this year’s arrangement has left out the involvement of the police officers particularly in transportation process.

“Previously we were given a mandate to safeguard transportation of inputs from warehouses to Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation [Admarc] depots, but now we will not have that access and whatever will be happening along the way we will not be in the know,” he said

In this year’s Fisp, according to Ministry of Agriculture, the selected 27 companies will be offering varying prices, an addition to the coupon value.

And Jose further said this development will also give room for corruption as most people will be taking advantage of the current setup to swindle farmers.

However he said the police are geared to make sure that the programme should run smoothly.

“We are ready to make sure that the programme is successful despite challenges that we met in the past. We know as we plan, our strategies, some people out there are also busy planning to defeat the programme, but as police we are ready to deal with such cases,” he said

He warned police officers and other Admarc officials of any unscrupulous behaviour saying the law will take its course.

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