Chaponda caught sleeping in Parliament as Malawi leader delivers Sona: Talks tough on corruption fight

After being appointed by President Peter Mutharika to be Leader of the House, George Chaponda was caught on camera fast asleep during the State of the Nation Address by the Head of State at the State opening of budget session of parliament on Friday.

Chaponda sleeps on the job

Bull-dozing! Chaponda sleeps on the job and snored 

Chaponda, who is also minister of agriculture and irrigation,  is paid to stay awake and listen.

In his address titled ‘Towards recovering and sustainable socio-economic development’, President Mutharika gave assuarances that his government will  crackdown on corruption after British High Commissioner Michael Nevin observed that the vice has continued spreading since his posting to Malawiin June 2012.

Nevin observes that Malawians are among the victims of the vice as they continue complaining of not getting services without being asked for a bribe.

The British diplomat in his opinion also notes that many governance indicators show a downward trend and the country risks heading down a dangerous road if it fails to bring to justice assailants of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) senior officer Issa Njauju.

But Mutharika told parliament that his  government will ensure that resources and other support are provided to consolidate efforts to tackle corruption in Malawi.

He said government is  aware of challenges of resources that the fight against corruption faces.

Mutharika said his government remains “resolute” to prosecute cases involving theft of public funds popularly known as cashgate.

The Malawi leader also disclosed that government will develop the National Prosecution Policy “to provide guidelines for the conduct of public prosecutions by setting standards.”

In his speech, Mutharika said government will establish online case management system and computerized civil registry to improve data management  and tracking of case files.

He also said there will beef up the legal department in the ministry of justice.

“We will recruit more lawyers in order to efficiently and effectively deliver services in all spheres of justice delivery,” said Mutharika.

In his opinion, British  High Commissioner suggested 10 actions for  Malawi to consider as Mutharika sets the tone for fighting corruption.

Among them, the British diplomat suggests a genuine zero-tolerance approach that lowers the bar for firing officials and their advisers with greater emphasis on ethical behaviour expectations and performance.

He also suggests a transparent tendering of all government contracts, including of security equipment, with measures to prevent “insider trading.”

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Agogo kugona pamene agogo anzawo akuyankhula! Ku Malawi kumeneko nkhalamba zadya 1!!!

Bushilie katundulu

Deal ndi chaponda wathu wa DPP wanuyo oluzayo

sir andrew matewe

It’s just unfortunate that he was sleeping while on duty. that’s m’maundunamu umbamva too much sichina ayi kugona too much.


Kuterokutu anaphwisa ali mtulu.

Peter Mbewe

I commented yesterday on Joy Radio on the topic members of Parliament are going to discuss( how to reduce hunger in the country) I Said it’s better they not go and waste our money discussing how to reduce hunger instead of completely done away with it .it will be stupid. The based presenter said my comment (ndiyomasula mtundu wa Malawi) Chaponda Minister of agriculture has vindicated me.


AChaponda anatopa kuzibwenzi. Paja khalidwe la mbuzi za DPP ndi limenero. Kumaba ndalama zaboma ndikumakathera ku mahule basi. Nanga chomchi Pitala akuyankhula za ulimi pamene nduna ya zaulimiyo ili mtulo. Is there any hope for Malawians in this case? I don’t think so. To hell with DPP in 2019.

Chilungamo Chimawawa

watopa mudala ameneyu. Akagone basi. he has eaten enough from poor Malawians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yet come 2019, he will be president if Peter decides not to run. The lomwes and other south tribes will still vote for him, one of their own that is the key , they see nothing wrong with his behaviour past or present.

God help us.

Dr Manga



This is the problem with Malawi. These people are too old, koma dyera sangasiyire achinyamata. An average minister in Malawi is a pensioner by age.

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