Following an expose by the Watchdog of Finance minister Felix Mutati and his agriculture counterpart Dora Siliya’s theft of e-voucher money, workers from the Kenyan owned Fertiliser company Export Trading Group – ETG have named another ministry of Agriculture worker Grey Mwale to be working with the ministers and the scandal rocked Zambia National Farmers Union – ZNFU.
In Kabwe alone, over 10,000 farmers risk losing their crops to agro dealers under the Farmer Input Support Program because their e-voucher cards have not been activated in spite of the money for genuine farmers being allocated from the finance ministry.
The reliable workers at ETG disclosed that Mwale, who is the country’s Fertiliser Input Support Program – FISP country coordinator and using the ZNFU system has been obtaining money using bogus farmers and payment to selected agro dealers. In some cases ETG, which is not supposed to compete with other smaller grain dealers has been getting huge payments for produce that has never been supplied and the looted money is shared with Mwale and the two ministers.
Whenever an allocation for payments is done at ministry of finance, Mwale, using the corrupt ZNFU system generates some bogus cards in the name of ETG and funds are released and shared by the cartel. Mwale who has been said to be untouchable because of his connections is reported to have amassed colossal sums of money from thieving activities.
Last year, ZNFU was rocked in serious financial scandals which led to the suspension of funding by donors before the stepping down of the executive director Ndambo Ndambo and president Evelyn Nguleka who later died of depression early this year but the new executive led by Jervis Zimba has also mounted on another corruption journey.
The workers’ statement was supported by our other sources from the ministries of agriculture and finance who confirmed that Mwale was a PF cadre stationed at the agriculture ministry to act as a front for the minister’s corruption.
Meanwhile the over 10,000 affected farmers have complained that their appeal on government to intervene before the agro dealers grab their produce has been ignored as Central province permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe has been dodging them.