Opposition members of parliament on Friday threw sarcasm and innuendos on the first day of the embattled Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda to stand up in the House and answer questions in his capacity as a cabinet minister.
Opposition back benchers took turns to mock and frustrate him.
This was the first day for the minister to stand up as Agriculture minister after the Supreme Court of Appeal lifted his High Court ordered suspension.
Lilongwe Msozi MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale asked Chaponda how he would competently answer questions in the 193 strong House when he set off on fire his office.
“He has burned his office, I don’t know where his office are, he has no computer, he is operating from a tree,” said Dzoole Mwale sending his fellow back benchers in stitches.
Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua said it was unethical for Chaponda to stand and answer questions in the House when corruption allegations are hanging over his head.
“We are having a minister who has a lot to answer, he is standing to answer questions for the ministry, this is uncalled for,” said Kalua.
But Chaponda said it was unfair to label him as corrupt and make conclusions before hearing him.
He said it was unfortunate some legislators were for personal vendettas.
The beleaguered minister said some people were named in tractorgate, others in treason case but are not asked to step aside.
He said this was selective justice.
State House is silent on the matter as tongues are wagging, calling for the head of the powerful cabinet minister, a very close ally of President Peter Mutharika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :