Malawi CSOs to hold anti-govt demo over Chaponda: ‘Mutharika needs to grab his lifeline’

A nationwide peaceful demonstration will be held to force President Peter Mutharika to dismiss Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Thapatula Chaponda who is officially under probe by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on corruption and abuse of office.

Gift Trapence (right) : Malawians will hold demo against impunity

Chaponda is implicated in the Zambia maize procurement saga.

A commission of inquiry which was headed by former chief justice Anastasia Msosa that was appointed by President Mutharika recommended that Chaponda be investigated by ACB.

Similarly, a joint parliamentary committee which also carried its investigations recommended that Chaponda should be probed.

There have been calls from CSOs, Malawi Law Society and other voices of reason that Chaponda should resign. He has flatly refused that he cannot step down.

The President has been asked to sack him but he has not heeded the call.

One of the organisers of the demonstration, Gift Trapence, the executive director of the Centre for Development of People (Cedep) said failure by President Mutharika to fire Chaponda is an indication that he wants some closest allies to be “above the law.”

Trapence accused Mutharika of shielding Chaponda and other corrupt fat cats in his government “to make sure they are above the law”.

“This is not what the President committed o do when he was being sworn in

“So for us the next step is for Malawians to demand the President to take action. We cannot live with this impunity,” said Trapence.

Meanwhile, a national daily newspaper has said in its editorial comment that concerned Malawians have every right to demonstrate against impunity, corrupt tendencies and detestable sluggishness in governance agencies.

“The seemingly endless foot-dragging in the face of calla for Chaponda to step down and pave way for further investigation into ‘corrupt practices’ cited by Mutharika’s commission of inquiry does not speak well of the President’s war on fraud and the national quest for integrity,” reads an editorial by The Nation.

It said the finding of the commission of inquiry and Parliament have left Chaponda “too compromised” to be an effective leader both in the National Assembly and Cabinet.

“The looming protests could be a wake-up call and a belated chance for the President to demonstrate that he has a spine to ensure no member of his inner circle is above the law,” the paper stated.

It continued: “Mutharika needs to grab his lifeline set the tone for his fight against fraud and silence his doubters who perceive him as inadvertently unresponsive or deliberately toothless.”

Chaponda is presume innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law, but the paper pointed out that  while presumption of innocence is the hall mark of  rule of law, the President  “must put cronyism aside and use his discretion” to save the country from the cusp of chaos.

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26 thoughts on “Malawi CSOs to hold anti-govt demo over Chaponda: ‘Mutharika needs to grab his lifeline’”

  1. Wanga ndi yemweyo says:

    Bwana APM, read the sign on the wall while you still have the eyes to do it, and then act according to how you interpret it. 2019 Si kaletu. We have only one year between now and that time. Campaign period is almost here. During the next campaign, mudzawauza chiyani aMalawi pa nkhani ya governance and corruption? Act decisively now or don’t contest at again in 2019. Remember, “one of the true marks of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes a crisis”. Whether Chaponda is guilty or innocent doesn’t matter at this stage. Zikafika pomwe zafikapa, the rule is “Every man for himself and God for us all”. And don’t forget that Chakwera and company are watching, analysing and waiting in the wings of this political stage. And I am sure they are smiling! He who has ears, let him hear.

  2. Ndaseka says:

    Picture for story says Trapence (right) nanga mtumbuka ali ku left yo bwanji simukumutchula dzina. Mukufuna mubisale kumbuyo kwa trapence basi. Trapence atumbuka akugwiritsa ntchito kenaka akutaya ngati condom, watch out. Uwafunse mai Joice Banda.

  3. Banda says:

    The report is only advisory.
    It is the prerogative of the president to Act in it or not.

  4. Zipatso says:

    In Nyasaland anything happens…could the learned Minister fire the Ministry HQs to destroy evidence of fraud and corruption? God is watching….or could enemies of the Minister fire the Ministry HQs to finish the minister politically?God is watching

  5. maxy wa dpp says:

    peter muntharika z involved in this game dats y z quite, akuziwa kt chaponda amuwurura

  6. Boring says:

    Trapence is being used. Aini ake a demomstration iyi ndi Atumbuka. Kapangireni kwanu ku Thengere ndi ku Bwengu demo imeneyi. Mwatopetsa Atumbuka

  7. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    The fact that human beings know right from wrong, makes them more superior to other animals. But the fact that they (human beings) still choose to do wrong, makes them worse than other animals. Nanga inu . . .
    . . . Why does APM choose to do wrong by clinging on to Chaponda?
    . . . Does APM have to wait for people to demonstrate, businesses to come to a standstill, shops to be looted, people robbed, and lives lost; for him to act on Chaponda?
    . . . How many people (including his own Commission of Inquiry) have recommended that he (APM) act on Chaponda? “Is it possible that so many people could be so stupid for so long”? – Tywin Lannister; to see the Devil in Chaponda while APM sees an angel?
    . . . If “A wise man learns from the mistakes of others and a fool from his own.” – Otto Bismark; what does this make APM who refuses to learn even from his own mistakes?
    . . . Nanga, what happened when this lazy president failed to suspend Chaponda, if not fire at Ministry of Agriculture? Cant we give the benefit of a doubt that this fire could have been prevented had Chaponda been fired/temporarily suspended at the earliest opportunity possible?
    . . . Cant APM see that he is doing great injustice to this country and himself by holding on to Chaponda (a man with untold levels of wholesale-arrogance, no trait of integrity, no regard to the rule of law etc)? Then, why did APM contest in the presidency when he has shown all parameters of a person who is disinterested in seeing this country move forward, and doesn’t care what happens to it?
    . . . Shall we be looked askance at, if we begin to suspect that APM is the ultimate beneficiary of Chaponda’s kill?
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    Let APM remember . . .
    . . . “Njoka saweta.” – Chilima
    . . . When a man is old, the song of death is heard more often. Its time to make heavenly friends not cling on to earthly friends. You can even make enemies with earthly friends.
    . . . Know this that it was Bingu who gave you the presidency. And you are dishonouring and not being grateful to him when you don’t act in the best interest of this country.
    . . . You have no one but yourself to blame if people begin to suspect that you (APM) are the ultimate beneficiary of Chaponda’s underhand dealings.
    . . . Otherwise, your actions/inaction defy even the most basic logic. What a lazy president we have!
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  8. wakuphili says:

    muzikayenda ndi akazi anu.

  9. zuzo dekha says:

    wakhala pa mkhate khoshwe

  10. Mbwenumbwenu says:

    But you SCOs you went to court so that Chaponda should not carry out duties as minister.You WERE THE SAME GUYS who said that the courts are independent.The same court had ruled out that Chaponda should continue as minister.Are you defying the rule of laws yourself? Are you above the court ? All your voice is powerful than the court?Be exemplary uphold the rule of law,A person is guilty if proven by the court.

  11. Mtumbuka watsankho says:

    Ine ndiye sindingapite ku ma demonstration auchitsiru ngati awa where it is very clear that Chaponda is very innocent and is just being persecuted for political reasons!!!

  12. Anthu oyipa inu mukuona ngati mukukonza zinthu mapeto ake izakhala nkhondo zoti cso ndi ya atumbuka ndizoona chifukwa mukuonetsa kuipa mitima kwanu konse kumangoganiza zogwetsa anzanu cso ndiye kuti chani palibe mutapindule olo chaponda atapanga resign olo atakhalapo

  13. Zamanyazi says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…you lost in the 2014 elections and you are forcing the Government you did not vote for to dance to your tune? its time you went back into world history class.

  14. weniweni mcp says:

    zizeleza that so called CSO ..upite wekha ..trapence that’s why akumana chithandizo trump .chindele….

  15. Bazzoka says:

    This administration is the worst Malawi has ever had. What kind of professor is our president. I feel ashamed to be called Malawian.

  16. kaka says:

    mwati zili liti? and dress code? ngat simupita ife tipita

  17. Mika Kumbire says:

    What about the sale of the Presidential Jet? Who sold it? Who bought it? And where is the money? Please match for the Accountability and transparency of same!!!!!!

    1. Tambala says:

      Eti eti stupid corrupt CSOs why the selectiveness? Pathako pano nonse!!!

    2. dpp mbava says:

      We start with this one first

  18. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    I wonder why Mutharikas are always stubborn. Bingu was stubborn, CSOS fought him until donors withdraw aid. So APM cant learn a lesson from that uuuh???????

  19. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    yes yes yes yes fire chaponda chimanga

  20. Psyuta says:

    Mukakhalako ndi amanu !!

    1. khanyiziral says:

      Iwe Psyuta!!!!!! Kupusatu wamva. Akumenyera ufulu wa mmalawi aliyense. Ngati ukudya bwino thokoza Ambuye. IFE TIPITA

  21. kafodya says:

    Thumps up. That’s the way to go CSO’s. The leader should wake up from his slumber. I support you.

    1. Baba Maduapera says:

      The CSOs have my support on this issue…AKHOKHOLAWA akutiwonjeza!!! They need to be woken up indeed from their deep slumber. They have taken us for granted for so long. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!

  22. Semani says:

    Go with your family where were you when Escom house was burned mwadya zambiri eti when we see that its not political move you will not tell us but we will tell

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