Out of 4,063 ADMARC employees, 2,498 will be laid off following a vetting process.In a ministerial statement in parliament, Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale said a human resource audit at the parastatal has finalised and some workers will go back to work. Kawale’s revelation comes as ADMARC is set to resume its operations on the 1st of December. Employees were sent on forced leave on the 31st of August this year, following the government's plan to restructure the institution. Kawale said the vetting process helps to get rid of individuals who contributed to the downfall of the parastatal.
General Manager for ADMARC Rhino Chiphiko appeared before the joint Parliamentary Committee that is investigating alleged fraudulent activities at the parastatal. Chiphiko was suspended on May 20 2022 over the purchase of his official Nissan Patrol vehicle. The Parliamentary Committee summoned Chiphiko to answer questions and give evidence about alleged fraudulent activities and the restructuring process at the organisation.
Secretary to Treasury Macdonald Mafuta Mwale, whose office holds 99 percent of shares in Admarc, says he was not part of the decision to close the state grain trader for three months. He says former Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe's announcement on August 31, 2022 came as news to him. Mwale says no procedures were followed, adding that after Lowe's announcement, no formal communication was made to his office. He laments that the retrenchment costs are high and nowhere in their budget. According to Mwale, government also does not have money for the purported restructuring. He is appearing before the joint committee of Parliament which is investigating anomalies in various government transactions.
Former Board Chairperson for ADMARC Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi has told the Joint Parliamentary Committee that the parastatal was involved in several fraud activities between 2021 and 2022. For instance, Dzonzi said authorities at the corporation forged signatures to purchase poles worth K37 million and failed to recover K39 million in insurance coverage for their vehicles and acquired loans amounting to K43 million at the expense of the corporation. He also alleged that the Acting Head of Finance for the company insured 12 personal vehicles in 2021 and in 2022 he obtained insurance coverage for his 14 personal vehicles.
The Joint parliamentary committee inquiring on AIP and maize related issues has sent back Smolet Kachere, the owner of a transportation company involved in the case of missing maize at NFRA, considering that the matter is in court. In an interview, while on his way out, Kachere alleged there are some big thieves who have stolen maize at Admarc and they are trying so hard to frustrate their contract so that the maize is not being accounted for. "They are claiming that they have about 38,000 metric tonnes in the Admarc depots but I can assure you that there is less than that, the maize has been stolen. There are big thieves that is why the publicity about this issue is highly sponsored so that the issue is blown out of proportion," he said.
Anthu ena ogwira ntchito ku bungwe la ADMARC adandaula kuti akuzunzika komanso kuponderezedwa kuchokera pomwe boma lidatseka bungweli kuti likonze zinthu. Izi azinena pomwe anthu oposa 300 ogwira ntchito ku bungweli achita zionetsero m'mawawu pofuna kukamiza boma kuti liwapatse malipiro awo a mwezi wa September ndi October. Iwo akufunanso boma lichite machawi pokonzanso zinthu ku bungweli. Ambiri mwa omwe amachita zionetserozi anavala makaka akuda. Anthu okwana 4687 akuyembekezeka kuchotsedwa ntchito ku ADMARC pomwe boma likuti likufuna kukonzanso ntchito za bungweli pomwe zikumveka kuti ogwira ntchito ena amasaka chuma.
The board and management of ADMARC Limited remains mum on the future of the suspended General Manager, Rhino Chiphiko. The ADMARC board suspended Chiphiko in May this year over alleged irregular procurement of an official vehicle worth K107 million. Authorities at the state grain marketer are now tossing to each other on who can give details of the current status surrounding the suspended Chiphiko. At the time of Chiphiko’s suspension in May, the ADMARC board disclosed that he was to appear for a hearing within 14 days of the decision. But in a latest enquiry, Kusamba Dzonzi has declined to comment on the matter; the company’s publicist Agnes Chikoko Ndovi and head of human resource and administration, Ethel Zilirakhasu. However, the two officers declined to comment arguing...
State grain trader, ADMARC intends to dispose-off the K107-million vehicle purchased by its suspended Chief Executive Officer Rhino Chiphiko. ADMARC Board Chairperson Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi has revealed that a meeting that is yet to be sanctioned by the Board will discuss the matter. Chiphiko was interdicted on May 20 this year following the purchase of the expensive official vehicle, apparently without the approval of the board. He was told to appear before the Board 14 days after his suspension, but it has delayed due to financial constraints. ADMARC is currently facing serious financial challenges as evidenced by its failure to pay staff salaries on time.
Ministry of Agriculture has seconded director for the Department of Agriculture Extension Services, Jerome Chimg’onda Nkhoma, to Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) as interim general manager. This follows the suspension of Rhino Chiphiko from the position. According to the ministry's Principal Secretary Sandram Maweru, Nkhoma will serve in that capacity until all issues surrounding Chiphiko’s suspension are resolved. Maweru, in a press statement Nation Online has seen, says Nkhoma’s secondment is effective today, Thursday May 26 2022. Chiphiko's suspension is to do with the purchase of his official Nissan Patrol vehicle at K107 million. The purchase of the vehicle received backlash from critics who described it as extravagant for a public institut...
General Manager for Agriculture Development and Marketing Cooperation- Admarc, Rhino Chiphiko has been suspended over the purchase of his official vehicle, a Nissan Patrol, worth 107 million Kwacha. Chairperson for the board of Directors for the grain trader- Kusamba Dzonzi, has confirmed this to MIJ Online a moment ago. Reports indicate that the suspension follows an audit that was done into the purchasing of the said vehicle. Meanwhile, Chiphiko is expected to appear before the board of directors after two weeks.