Dora Siliya steals K1 billion from peasant farmers

Dora Siliya steals K1 billion from peasant farmers

PF Minister of Agriculture Dora Mubalama Siliya Folotiya Mukwita has been accused of diverting K1 billion meant for paying small scale farmers to transporters. A source at the Ministry of Finance has disclosed. It is alleged that last month, the treasury released K1 billion to Ministry of Agriculture to pay small scale farmers who had sold Maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) during the just ended marketing season. Knowing that it was going to be almost impossible to receive cuts from the small scale farmers, Siliya instead instructed FRA Executive Director to pay transporters who transported the Maize. ” It was easier for her to get cuts from transporters than the peasant farmers. That is why she made that decision but it is very unfair to the farmers,” the source said. Among the transporters paid are Anderich Transport owned by Eastern Province PF Provincial Chairman Andrew Lubusha who is also a personal friend to Mark Mubalama, Siliya’s living in Manfriend. Also paid is PF financier and Rupiah Banda’s friend a Mr. Patel who ownes Time Trucking Company.

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