Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali has called on President Lungu to immediately fire Agricultural Minister Given Lubinda together with his cohorts Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry and FRA Director Chola Kafwabulula on grounds of corrupt activities involving FRA maize .
Speaking at a media briefing Mr Tayali said the maize and mealie meal shortages which has lead to the hike in prices of the commodity was due to the massive corruption involving the Minister of Agriculture, his Permanent Secretary and the Executive Director of the FRA who have amassed so much wealth at the expense of poor Zambians.
He said the three will only remain in their offices if the President was part of the activities that they have been doing because he had over whelming evidence of the corruption that has been taking place at the FRA involving the named individuals which he will put in public domain.
He said it was not the first time that concerns were being raised on the corrupt activities of Mr Lubinda as his organization raised the issue on the importation of Fertilizer from Dubai though they had no evidence which led to the issue dying a natural death.
He explained that this time his organization has documented evidence which should compel the three to either resign on moral grounds or the President relieving them of their duties with immediate effect.
He further said the three had caused the increase in the prices of mealie meal through their dubious dealings at FRA where he said they had been charging an extra K1000 per tonne on maize purchases form FRA shades.
He said so far they three have amassed over 720million from the sales money he said belonged to the Zambian people who have been buying mealie meal at unaffordable prices.
He said accusations that the opposition was causing panic buying was hogwash as people did not have enough money to buy mealie meal in bulk and store in their kitchens.
He said Mr Lubinda is now living in house as big as a church while the Director at FRA was had 4 customized vehicles wealth K4.5 million less than two years from driving a Mark 2 Chaser when he was employed by Mutembo Nchinto.
He further castigated the ACC for not doing their job saying they were an inept and impotent institution which was not doing its job.
He said if his organization could investigate such massive corruption at such a big institution then ACC could do more but that they were not doing what they were set up to do.
He said people were willing to provide information and evidence but needed to see political will from leaders.
Further Mr Tayali advised the PF not to count on Mr Lubinda because the money he has been stealing through corrupt activities is intended for the financing of his own political party.
He said Mr Lubinda has ambitions of forming his own political party so that he can run as a presidential candidate.