Former Minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda and fellow suspects spent the night in Police custody after spending the whole Wednesday at the Anti-Corruption Bureau office where they were further probed on the issue regarding the maize saga.
The former Minister was arrested on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) obtained a warrant of arrest for the suspects for their alleged role in the procurement of maize from Zambia.
On the same day Chaponda was arrested, the Anti-Corruption Bureau also arrested his accomplice Director of Transglobe Export Produce Limited, Rashid Tayub over maize-gate saga.
According to reports, Rashid Tayub and his Transglobe are suspected to have played a crucial role in the maize-gate saga.
All suspects involved in the maize are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon for bail application.
In December 2016, the Bureau recorded a complaint alleging that procurement procedures were not followed in the procurement of maize from Zambia by Admarc.
The Bureau’s investigations have established that there were offences committed in the procurement of maize from Zambia.
Meanwhile there is a heavy presence of Police at Blantyre police as scores of people have gathered to follow up the proceedings of the case against the embattled Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President of the South.