Mota Engil bankrolls Chaponda’s bid to be Malawi next president

Construction giant, Mota Engil is bankrolling Agriculture minister George Chaponda in his bid to become Malawi’s next president in 2019, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Chaponda: Bankrolled by Mota Engil

Chaponda: Bankrolled by Mota Engil

Insiders said the company has been funding some of Chaponda’s strategies including putting up together a media team to champion his cause.

“They are paying for all his expenses and even his meetings with chiefs and other politicians are being funded by the company. There is a media team which is being put together by one of his assistants, all this money is coming from Mota Engil,” said the source.

“The company believes President Peter Mutharika has already endorsed Chaponda to be DPP’s torchbearer in 2019 as ‘he is one of the very few people who remained in DPP when his brother Bingu died’.

The company wants to be assured of government contracts post Mutharika era and that is why they have set their sights on Chaponda and they are funding his meetings as he prepares for 2019, said the source.

According to insiders, Chaponda is said to have already started campaigning for support in readiness of the 2019 polls.

Recently President Peter Mutharika, at a public rally in Mulanje said he is aware that he is surrounded with ‘Judas Iscariots’ who would not be with him if he were not President.

But Chaponda has been branded by Malawian Ambassador to Brazil, Brian Bowler as a “biggest Judas” of Mutharika.

The minister refused to grant this reporter’s request for an interview.

Mota-Engil company that has made billions of kwacha in construction projects in Malawi.

The Potugese company came in Malawi in 1990 and one of their first projects was the construction of part of the M5 Lakeshore Road between Dwangwa and Nkhata Bay which started the same year.

But the firm only became a major player in the local construction industry during the late Bingu wa Mutharika regime.

The company also made some periodic payments in 2010 and 2011 to the late president Bingu wa Mutharika personally.

The construction company made separate cheque payments to the late president from as low as K1 million (about $4 000) to as high as K10 million (about $40 000) at a time.

Mutharika, who died at the height of whispers regarding his relationship with Mota-Engil, also had some of the company’s cheques deposited directly into his personal accounts at some commercial banks.

Mota-Engil, which also built Mutharika’s Ndata sprawling palace and his final resting place Mpumulo wa Bata at Ndata Farm in Thyolo, defended the payments as donations towards a cause.

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14 thoughts on “Mota Engil bankrolls Chaponda’s bid to be Malawi next president”

  1. Charlie Hebdo says:

    This is 2019…..His excellency the Life president of the Republic of Malawi, Dr George Kamuzu Chaponda, wamuyaya, Mphambe….. all political opponents must be killed or arrested. At the same time, they will be Donald Trump without prefixes but the world’s most powerful man!! By the way, do you know that Angela Merkel is a Dr? Koma sitimamva ma prefixes.

  2. John Mzunguwalira says:

    Kodi ife tiope nkhopeyo? Tsiku lililonse timve za inu kuti chiyani? Ng’oma yolira kwa mbiri sichedwa ku ng’ambika.

  3. Thawale says:

    Malawi nde yafikapotu aliyense awa nde afuna kubatu apanga chani pa unduna to help malawians

  4. Mlomwe Original says:

    Chaponda can never be and will never nver be the president of Malawi.anamizana kudya galu.
    Chaponda kungokhala president dziko lizanunkha matuvi ili

  5. maria says:

    Terrible

  6. folopensi says:

    Ovota ndi ife…tili phee. Lets wait and see

  7. Nsipe-Bawi says:

    This is good news for Malawi.

  8. Chinkhope chake chimenechi? Koma a Malawi talowedwa ndithu!

  9. Maunits says:

    We are happy to field Chaponda as DPP candidate 2019. This is a thief Peter know very well that he can never ever be re-elected come 2019 as a result he wants this ball to be deflated in the hands of Chaponda. By taking Chaponda to be one of DPP remaining in the party when Bingu died is not a certificate for him to be presidential candidate. Peter stayed in America but the seems to be blunt in as far as multiparty politics is all about. He should have given an opportunity for those people who could compete at the convention and people should choose their leader to stand during the polls. Already I can see divisions in DPP things are not ok. Chaponda has bad record of corruption day by day and he is being accused for that. Who can vote Chaponda in Malawi its up to you guys. I feel sorry for Peter Muthalika that he wants to return back home in America after losing elections in 2019. We wanted him to face the giant come 2019 so that he should realize that Malawi is serious. Not a too weak candidate like Chaponda I am sorry for you. Bring him on the lime light.

  10. Parallel Market says:

    Your Excellency Prof APM, President of the Republic of Malawi, what is your take on this story? Is it true that you will not contest in 2019 and that Dr Chaponda will succeed you?

    If indeed APM has earmarked bulldozer to succeed him I swear……

  11. steve says:

    let them tussle for that which wl never happen nor take place. President my foot!!

  12. Mwenelupemphe says:

    Malawian akanali pa mabvuto ………………iyi ndiye mfiti iyi

    1. Munthu Wankulu says:

      Dzikoli tingogawanapo basi: South Eastern Region led by Vincent Wandale; South to Dausi, Pakati apa to Kabwila and ku mpoto uku Mzomera Ngwira or mtumbuka mzake wa Feudaral uyu ndani uyu….. Bina Shaba

    2. gomba says:

      a munasankha nokha and that’s the best choice. tivomeleze kuti Malawi is the poorest in the world. so don’t expect Malawi to like USA. ngati mukufuna zaimileni pa u president muzatigulise mfundo zanu basitu tizakusankhani kuti Malawi idakhale ngati USAkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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