Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika has dismissed the country’s agriculture minister after an investigation into maize procurement, the southern African nation’s information minister said, on Wednesday.

The Minister of Information, Nicolaus Saudi informed Reuters that the President had appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate a $34.5 million government maize purchase from Zambia after allegations that the price had been inflated.

The commission faulted Chaponda and a local company Trans Globe Limited over their dealing with the procurement of maize from Zambia and recommended ACB to conduct more investigations.

According to Saudi, “The President has removed from Cabinet George Chaponda as agriculture minister with immediate effect after he was found with millions of money at his residence”.

Prior to the minister’s dismissal, the country’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had seized $276,000 cash in both local and foreign currencies.