MINISTRY of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Green Mbozi has disclosed that the Ministry must have received verbal instruction from State House during former president Edgar Lungu’s tenure to award a K839 million fertiliser tender to Rockliffe Trading FZC. And the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has heard that the Ministry of Agriculture did not conduct due diligence before awarding the direct bid contract to the Dubai-based company. The Public Accounts Committee recently heard that the Ministry of Agriculture in 2017 procured 80,000 metric tonnes of urea fertiliser at a total cost of K839,366,520 from Rockliffe Trading FZC, a Dubai-based company without proper establishment in Zambia. The Committee also heard that the Ministry debt swapped K839,366,520 worth of urea fertilizer with K160 million…...

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