Chaponda posting nephew-in-law to Geneva as deputy ambassador ‘ASAP’: Updated

Foreign Minister George Chaponda has directed his ministry to facilitate that his  nephew-in-law Ed Matiya  should “proceed as soon as possible” to take up the post of deputy ambassador to the newly established foreign embassy in Geneva.memo page 1memo page 2

Chaponda: Giving relatives diplomatic posts

Chaponda: Giving relatives diplomatic posts

He was working for Tobacco Control Commission as Head of Finance and married the daughter of Chaponda’s sister. In respect, he is Chaponda’s Nephew-in-Law and indeed a family Diplomatic appointment.

Matiya will be deputising former Director of Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC) Robert Salama who is the ambassador and yet to take his post.

Writing on a memo dated February 4, 2016 by principal secretary in the ministry, Daliso Kabambe, the Minister inked his note that Matiya should “proceed” to go to Geneva “as soon as possible”.

Though Chaponda wants  Matiya move to Geneva should be fast-tracked, there are about 35 diplomats on recall in different Malawi missions who are failing to return due to government’s cash-strapped position.

Most Malawi diplomatic missions have not received Other Recurrent Transfers for  three months and they cannot afford to pay bills even have services  cut off.

Meeanwhile another Matiya is  in news for being off the hook after helping Chaponda.

Golden Grant Matayi, former head of Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) lost his job at MHC when he was implicated in the house scam where the corporation’s houses were allegedly sold at below market value that also involved top government officials including Chaponda as well as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials.

He was answering two charges of abuse of office as he also bought a house at K2.6 million after getting a discount of about 33 % but did not declare interest as stipulated in MHC corruption prevention policy.

Mayita was discharged by the court after the graft bursting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), did not seek consent from the Director of Public Prosecution to prosecute him as recommend by law.

However, press reports this week indicates that David Bandawe  who lead the prosecuting team in the housing scam accused ACB Director General, Lucas Kondowe, of ‘influencing’ the second dismissal of a case  for his inaction.

“Since the last adjournment [of this case], there has been change of headship at ACB. The new Director General asked for a list of high-profile cases to be given to him to review and determine the way forward for each case,” Bandawe is quoted in the court document during a court hearing on February 2, 2016 when he told Chief Resident Magistrate, Thomson Ligowe, in Blantyre.

He added: “As counsel handling this matter, I filed the list. I have not had feedback from him on the way forward. Normally, since any prosecution by ACB is done on behalf of the Director General, it is increasingly difficult for me to proceed until the Director General advises the best way forward.”

The prosecution of MHC officials by ACB was regarded by many Malawians as a ‘missed link’ arguing that the anti-graft body would have instead wasted its energy and resources on bringing to book the ‘big fish’ in this case the senior DPP gurus that were implicated in the scam than going after Matiya and his deputy.

Matiya  was arrested together with former  MHC’s Assistant General Manager (Technical) Floyd Mondiwa  and  Nyasa Times understands that Mondiwa’s case is still in court because the two accomplices were being prosecuted separately.

According to his CV, Matiya is a graduate of the University of Malawi in 1979 and holder of an MBA from De Montfort University, Leicester in England.

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Willie Chimseu
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Willie Chimseu
7 months 14 days ago

Mr chaponda,kindly tell us that you’re not involved in this. Kodi inu nokha ndiye DPP basi ena onsewa ayi. Nkhani ikhale Chaponda, kaliati, Mwanamveka, Henry Mussa, Chipungu, koma anthu inu kadziyang’anani kumene muchokera chingakhale zikuoneka you always receive blessings from APM when doing these things. Koma tikukuonani nonse period.

Tan'gatan'ga
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Tan'gatan'ga
7 months 15 days ago

Are all these appointments in accordance with the appointing procedures? If not Malawians have the right to demand for withdrawals of the appointments by any permissible means.

Concerns citizen
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Concerns citizen
7 months 15 days ago

This dude cannot b a president of mw

Honree
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Honree
7 months 16 days ago

Athu amenewatu ndi mfiti life timadziwa kale kt boma LA DPP ndi kuchimake kwa nepotism,, shame on u arrogant chaponda moyo wa ufiti basi, palibeso chomwe chiboma chanuchi chikuchita kuba kokhakokha basi

nzika
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nzika
7 months 16 days ago

akuthawa ku tobacco control commission chifukwa anaononga poba ndalama ndi bruce munthali matiya asanamepo apa, anaononga chuma chochuluka

ellias
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ellias
7 months 17 days ago

Patricia Kaliatis dota is now in London malawi embassy

KATE
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KATE
7 months 17 days ago

VERY SHAMEFUL CHAPONDA, MUTHARIKA AND HIS FOOLS. AKANAKHALA KHUMBO KACHALI BWENZI MULI WO, WO ,WO ,MUMVEKERE: ATUMBUKA, ATUMBUKA, ATUMBUKA AKULEMBANA OKHA OKHA! SHAME ON YOU ALL FROM CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN REGION. MOSE MULI VINDERE VAKUFIKAPO. ALEKENI ATUMBUKA ANTHU ANZERU.

Dalitso Kabambe
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7 months 17 days ago
To: My honourable Bro,Dalitso Kabambe. Peace, grace be to you from God the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. I see that, my Bro Kabambe, you are too educated and you deservedly possess a PhD as can be attested by the Memo deployed to the Minister. May I implore you, my dear brother Dalitso Kabambe to desist from propagating your credentials to social media. Everybody including myself knows greatly that you are an esteemed young man to Malawi standards. You are a great person in terms processing credible papers like the PhD that… Read more »
Nabiyeni
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Nabiyeni
7 months 17 days ago
Abale musiyeni mwana Edingtone Matiya apite ku Geneva. The guy is from Namadidi, Zomba and his late mother was from Jali. Ed is well educated and once worked to Petrolium Commission. Is it a crime that he married the daughter to Late Chapondas brother? The Matiya of MHC is his uncle. Two difference people here. Pita mwana wakwathu tikhaleko ndi mbale wathu ku Embassy. We wish you good luck and all blessings from above. Represent Malawi and continue being good. We have you and Mkondiwa from Namadidi now in the government not to mention the Potanis. Namadidi slowly coming on… Read more »
innocent gama
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innocent gama
7 months 17 days ago

NOT ONLY MATIYA’S EVEN THE DAUGHTER OF HIS BROTHER REJOICE CHAPONDA WAS GIVEN A POSITION OF SPOKESPERSON FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY BY CHAPONDA HIMSELF AND U CAN INVESTIGATE THIS.

SHE IS NOW MRS SHUMBA . WHAT A FAVOURATISM ,WHAT A SHAME FOR THIS GOVT.

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