As a client who wanted to buy under grade for resale after and advert by FRA, I was very disappointed by the bad treatment not only towards me but many others who have been complaining but have not been given redress.
The marketing manager Mr. Joseph Mulambu is so rude towards the general public and he segregates by giving delivery orders to people who even came later. When he talks on land phone and his main mobile phone he speaks as though he is one of those patriotic Zambians and very dignified indeed. After that he picks another mobile phone where he clearly talks about meeting some transporters and other service providers outside working hours for the purpose of facilitating their contract signing, speeding up their payments and promising them preference. I was in his office when he was doing this and thereafter he advised me to be “nice” if I wanted things to move faster for me in my under grade maize application. The guy hires his personal trucks and canters to the FRA and also trucks of his friends and relatives. Sometimes he overrules transport contract decisions made by provincial FRA staff on shorter distances where we charge per bag of maize and not per ton per kilometer. He is just some indispensable self centered bully with a superiority complex. Then also those guys at loading bays at the storage sheds ask for bribes so that your truck is loaded first and Mr. Mulambu is aware of this. There is just no control because the guy is actually too fat and obese to walk. I wonder if their Director is aware of the terror and dark corner suffering that some of us go through just to buy and access our own government maize. Those guys at the storage sheds should know that that maize is for all Zambians and they should not be giving preference to people from Botswana and Zimbabwe buying maize. We are also entitled this is our maize and our country. I now understand why honest patriotic and dedicated managers don’t serve for long at FRA, it is because of guys like that who want to remain in the company to steal from the public. Almost every contract there is either Mulambu or some other FRA guy getting a cut, bribe etc just to break through if you are an applicant. There are people like a Mr. Mwanza who can easily get a contract for maize purchase just on phone to Mulambu when some of us are queuing for days, others it is just a phone a call.
When I saw the permanent secretary for Northern Province, Mr. Mwamba talking about corruption at FRA in Kasama on ZNBC, then I just remembered and said to myself, this is the Fat mulambu and his guys at the sheds doing what they know most i.e bribes and corruption. I thank the PS because now I am vindicated and I suggest they take the Kasama investigations seriously.
What is the PS agriculture doing to bring dignity and sanity at FRA?