Scandal monger Dora Siliya claims the PF government has nothing to do with the maize scandal being investigated by the Malawian government and that she should not be implicated in any corruption involving the maize deal between Zambia and Malawi.
Siliya and President Edgar Lungu have been linked to the scam and are said to have each received kickbacks.
But Siliya said that the Malawian government did not buy the 100,000 metric tonnes of maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) but from individual farmers. That is actually the crux of the matter. Lungu, Siliya and Malawian government officials connived to divert what should have been a government to government contract to private players so they could receive bribes.
Siliya, who is involved in a different scandal every two months on average, claimed that the only role the Zambian government played was to issue a permit of clearance, while the Malawian government came and identified a private agent to procure the maize on its behalf.
“We allowed for the export to Malawi because the contract was signed before the ban on exports was effected.
“The contract was signed in June 2016 under a government-government arrangement to help Malawi with the commodity following a drought which only spared Zambia in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC),” she said.
She said no corruption was involved as alleged in some sections of society because Government was not at all involved in the procurement process.
She said after the Malawian government sought Zambia’s assistance, the Government provided them with a permit to import maize while the maize export ban was still in effect.
“The Malawian government identified an agent, the maize suppliers and also negotiated the terms without any input from the Government,” she said.
Siliya was forced to issue a statement after hearing the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has instituted investigation into the reported corruption relating to the Zambia-Malawi maize deal.
At a Press briefing yesterday, the Commission said it had begun collaboration with the Malawi Anti-Corruption Bureau over the matter.
In the Photo, Lungu with George Chaponda Malawi Minister of Agriculture in October 2016 after discussing the export of maize to Malawi. Yet Dora says she and her Lungu have nothing to do with this scandal.