Chaponda enter defence for 7 ministers on ‘list of shame’ of Malawi grand corruption

Minister of  Agriculture and leader of the House, Dr George Chaponda entered defence against claims that  seven ministers, including himself,  have been implicated in the suspected K577 billion Cashgate in the forensic audit conducted by RSM Risk Assurance LLP of the UK covering 2009 to 2014 .

Chaponda: There is a vandetta

Chaponda: There is a vandetta

The civil society reacted tot he news of Ministers being on the ‘list of shame’ by calling on President Peter Mutharika to walk the talk on one of the pillars of national development – integrity – by sacking the rotten  seven ministers.

“The seven and many others that might follow have in real sense defied your appeal for patriotism, hard work and integrity,” reads the petition to Mutharika.

But  Chaponda defended the allegations involving the ministers in the House, saying the opposition lawmakers  including MP for Lilongwe  South, Vitus Dzoole Mwale, who are pushing for naming and shaming the ministers have  “some vendetta”  against some of the ministers.

Said Chaponda: “But this is not the place to display  those vandettas. If he (Dzoole) likes, he can set it in different way.”

National Audit Office spokesperson Godfrey Kagwamminga  said in accordance with the Public Audit Act, the audit report by RSM Risk Assurance LLP has been submitted to Parliament and shall be referred to Public Accounts Committee for further scrutiny.

PAC VICE chairperson Kamlepo Kalua (Rumphi East MP – PP)  said the committee met the Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa at Parliament Buildings and he has been summoned to brief them on the report.

“We want the Auditor General to give us all the relevant information,” said Kalua.

He said the report which has been sent to parliament “does not have files.”

House will rise Friday

Meanwhile, Parliament which was supposed to rise on Frday has been extended to next week after Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya announced that there is still more business for lawmakers to discuss such as Water Bill, Money Bill, Access to Information Bill and Land Bill.

Members of Parliament (MPs) have been meeting to consider the 2016/17 National Budget in Lilongwe from May 20 2016. This sitting was expected to run for eight weeks.

The 2016/17 National Budget which Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe presented to the House on May 27 was already passed.

Leader of the House George Chaponda proposed through a motion to extend the current meeting to next week and the motion was agreed by the whole House.

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8 thoughts on “Chaponda enter defence for 7 ministers on ‘list of shame’ of Malawi grand corruption”

  1. Chandamale says:

    Mr Chaponda, the alleged thief together with your friends alleged thieves must resign now because we Malawians who are suffering on the ground with all these tough taxes imposed on us should remain a cabinet minister. This is ridiculous. I am paying 130 thousand kwacha in taxes every month but I am very poor and I even fail to have my own house but you have 35 houses that you are constructing because of stealing my monthly contribution tax money. It could be better that I help my poor parents other than u stealing it. Peter tidzamanga tokha pa 20 ,May 2019 chifukwa pano akuti ali ndi immunity. Tiona ngati pa 20 May adzakhale ndi immunity kumango namiza anthu ndidzawina landslide victory yambuya ako eti. Zingwe basi inu a ACB zingwe mwansanga. Tukulu tukulu ndi ndalama zakuba. UN yachani nanga kubaku mumaphunzira ku UN konko koma chaponda ndimbavadi ya.

  2. Aishoshe says:

    i knew it kuti Chaponda azapezeka nawo mgulu la mbava lo wina ndi Henry Mussa ndi Patricia Kaliati..amangidwe basi anthu akubawa.mxiiiii

  3. BEHIND every thief lies guilty conscience…………………i wonder y sb is grippling with gulty conscience in an obvious pulculty…………………

  4. Dan says:

    I think there is something peculiar with you people. What is wrong in calling for your suspension for you to prove yourself innocent before the court of law?
    Why would you still want to continue with public office when the same public cannot even trust you vbased on the allegations leveled against you? What is moral in forcing yourself on the people before the know that you are innocent? What is wrong in you acknowledging that people will not even see your relevance when talking about corruption when you, yourself are perceived to be corrupt?
    Please spare us your trash and leave for now till proven not guiilty

  5. Patriot says:

    Is he defending anything? He is not denying. Rather just attacking some concerned fella. When I saw the headline I thought I could read some tangible defense. But gosh! What else would a thief say!

  6. VYOTO says:

    Nthawi ya campaign mu 2014, a Peter Muthalika ndi Goodall Gondwe makosana osatha kuyankhula pamisonkhano ya ndale ankatha kuyankhula pa nkhani ya PP Cashgate koma pano poti DPP yikukhuzidwa mu Cashgate mo pakamwa pasekedwanso.

  7. sabata says:

    Bwana Chaponda apa tikuti yalowa game zikwanje. The best thing you can do is force the government to release the whole audit report as Mayi Mtila did and from there will make a conclusion that you are an innocent man and people like Zoole Mwale are just jealousy of you. After all you worked with UN for many years

  8. Nabetha says:

    Dear Mr. Chaponda, the alleged thief. You could also have done the same thing to avoid responding to the allegation by not using the same platform. There is no personal vandetta here Mr. Chaponda, the alleged thief. If I were you, I could have opted to remain silent or even resign to pave way for the investigation. If there is no wrong doing on your side, then I don’t see a reason why you are panicking Mr.Chaponda, the alleged thief. My friendly advice to you my dear Mr.Chaponda, the alleged thief, is for you to resign so that she proven innocent, people including Dzoole will highly respect you. Thank you my dear Mr.Chaponda, the alleged thief.

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