Maize-scandal: Zacc tightens screws on GMB bosses

  • Fired GMB allegedly sold subsidised maize to foreign markets
  • Zacc was provided with dossier of the case by GMB inside sources

ZIMBABWE Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) are investigating massive illicit trade of grain allegedly being spearheaded by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), Zim morning post can report.

This publication understands that Zacc is in possession of a dossier which details how named GMB officials syphoned subsidised maize to foreign markets.

Zimbabwe is struggling to cope with grain shortages to meet local demand.

On Tuesday (yesterday), the Mayor Wadyajena-led Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement heard that the GMB has been losing a lot of maize through the scam.

While giving oral evidence, some millers said the stolen maize would be given to one fired senior executive member of the GMB, Lawrence Jasi, would allegedly who would allocate stolen grain to plants with no capacity to process it.

A miller, Wayne Moss of Mr Brands, said he had seen subsidised maize being sold on the black market in countries such as Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The abuse is rife. It is so serious that it has to be dealt with. There is abuse within GMB which you are already dealing with on who gets what allocation. People are using roller meal maize to process other commodities. There is maize going to the DRC,” Moss said.

“I have been in Mozambique. In Mutare, if you go to a retailer and I have evidence; there is (10kg) mealie-meal which is being sold at ZWL110 transfer. I have got the receipt,” he added.

Another miller, Davies Muhambi of United Milling Company, said some millers were getting maize allocations from the GMB beyond their plant capacities and would offload the excess onto the black market.

In an interview with Zim Morning Post, Zacc chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo said her organisation was handed a report of the issue.

“Yes, we received a report of the issue, and we are seized with it,” she said.

In a recent report, Zim Morning Post spoke on the GMB scandal and reported that senior GMB executives – consisting of Lawrence Jasi and Rodney Myzece – were fired following massive corruption that was unearthed following a forensic audit report.