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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50 thoughts on “Chaponda posting nephew-in-law to Geneva as deputy ambassador ‘ASAP’: Updated”

  1. Willie Chimseu says:

    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.

  2. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    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.

  3. Concerns citizen says:

    This dude cannot b a president of mw

  4. Honree says:

    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

  5. nzika says:

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

  6. ellias says:

    Patricia Kaliatis dota is now in London malawi embassy

  7. KATE says:

    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.

  8. 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 you have. By the way, are you not a Dr? Malawians amakonda ulemu too much but on the ground mbuzi zeni zeni. Ndimamuyamika Mose wa m’Baibulo. He had 7 degrees but humbled himself to the point of being recognised by God for the enormous task that you and me know. Bye for now my dear brother Dalitso Kabambe!

  9. Nabiyeni says:

    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 the map now. Asafuna akakolope Mbeza river kapena Likangala ku Zomba. Namadidi woyeeeeeeeee

  10. innocent gama says:

    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.

  11. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very close.

  12. BOKHO says:

    But if Joice Banda sent John Tembo Junior, then she was fine because there was no any relationship link. This is good. Those who are saying tumbukas and chewas are there in diplomatic missions should submit their names. Don’t fool us you DPP, thieves.

  13. BOKHO says:

    Opposition has nothing to do chase on diplomatic appointments otherwise you people should be voiced it out if you really feel so. We don’t want our opposition to be in for querel’s with DPP. They are in power and they are doing all sorts of sheets.

  14. Are those being posted to embassies non-Malawians? How many Chewa, Tumbukas are in Malawi Missions? Is it wrong to be lomwe and do you think its only Tumbukas and Chewas that should be there? NT please compile a list of all people in Embassies just as you got that confidential memo here and then we can debate. Balance your issues. Poyamba you said Matiya former MHC is going and when you realised you goofed you pounced on this Matiya from TCC. You have exposed your weaknesses and we know you are an opposition tool!!!

  15. Cdumayo says:

    Chalu ntchino, kondwani nacho wahecha. Kasi ise wa Gulukunyinda titembuni?

  16. Nkalapwaga says:

    Anarchy my broda

  17. agama says:

    typical of lomwes,they’re worse than atumbuka

  18. Maddux says:

    Malawi for sale. Chaponda has relatives in almost every Malawi embassy.

  19. Akutipweteketsa ndi a opposition - tulo! says:

    Pa ma komenti wina akuti mwana wa Dausi nayenso ali ku yembase basi auzeni abambo wake mwana wao ndikukamfinya pakhosi. Nyamukani mwachangu mukaleletse ndeu a Dausi.

    But what surprises me is kuti in all these very pressing issues opposition is silent, a vice president achinyamata ali quite, as if siaja amachita matama as if athandiza kubweretsa change. What type of a state is this? And what kind of people are these?

  20. PLC says:

    Mwati mwana wa Dausi nayenso ali ku London, basi nanenso ndipitakonko ndikamfinya pakhosi.

  21. MTUMBUKA says:

    Alomwe mungovutika mukamalimbana ndi atumbuka.Alomwe sankho,kuba ndi katangale too much.Chifukwa chake azungu samakukondani muzikondedwa ndima China anuwa anthu osaphunzira moti kwa Muthalika ndiye mumadalira kuti ndikophunzira

  22. kaya Nyaphiri says:

    Abale, it is the only Ambassadors who go through Parliament screening.

  23. Zandiwe Chaponda says:

    l will memo to Icc to arrest this so called deputy

  24. Chafwa Chaziya chilekeni says:

    waiting for prophecy to pass

  25. state says:

    This seems to be an illegal appointment. Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors are representatives of the Sovereign in our care the Head of State who happens to be The President of The Republic of Malawi. The President was supposed to make this appointment not his Foreign Minister. This is Treason, exercising powers conferred upon the sovereign without authorization from the sovereign or the law. Anyway the Head of State of The Swiss Federation will have to accept his Appointment otherwise he will be flown back to Lilongwe ASAP.

  26. o says:

    Nsanje basi atumbuka mukamalembana tchito nokhanokha amayakhula ndi ndani agalu atumbuka

  27. face says:

    it shows the president is not in control.he is just a stooge

  28. Wilbert Mwale says:

    Which President

  29. Zanga Phee! says:

    Thai is the reason why Malawi shall celebrate 52 independent anniversary with empty stomach of its citizens,leaving in glass houses for the rest of their lives.muddy roads,an professional subsidy program etc.But sometimes i wonder, don’t these people feel sorry to innocent people the commoners.Shame See my name.

  30. Boliwoli2 says:

    Amalawi imwemukuzizwa kuti wakutumana ku Geneva awa ndiwo wakagwira ntchito pa kwiba mavote. So he has gone for a new course kutiwazakatibireso.Awatawonanatawona 2019. Wankhungu awa wanyoza wanthu wa chiuta muno mu Malawi

  31. jobe says:

    If this story is true as true can be, then we are in trouble.

  32. chatola galu says:

    So meaning the will be representing Malawi govt.and it’s Leader George Chaponda…..succession already in place,A Peter Muthalika ndi puppet di eti?????????.

  33. President Lazarus Chakwera (PLC) says:

    Kodi mmayesa madiplomats, imachita endorse ndi parliamentary committee. Now how come we are hearing these issues, someone enlighten me. Or should we assume PLC’s MPs are toothless?

  34. george says:

    That’s malawi walero. Nanga nkutani abale tinawavotela tokha

  35. Kachaso says:

    IF THIS IS TRUE. TO HELL WITH DPP. WHAT A HELLO? THIS GOVENMENT HAS TO GO. NEED TO BE IMPEACHED. IA SORRY ENOUGTH IS ENOUGHT.

  36. [email protected] says:

    Lomwes and Tumbukas are the same, filthy tribalists. Tumbukazi are not happy now and are the ones complaining. These two tribes each shit

  37. nyamayasauka says:

    chaponda has already taken the leadership of this country. Koma munthu uyu ndi wankhwidzi amalephera kuthandiza abale ake so do you think he can make malawi a land to land on safely? My foot we shall cry more than this, malawi a hello on earth.

  38. Sapitwa says:

    Many have been sent in the same way in the past: MCP,UDF,DPP and PP all governments. John Tembo Jnr was sent with PP in the same way when all others were recalled. Every new government becomes a game changer on all Diplomatic postings. We have never been surprised and this one is normal as usual.

  39. nyani says:

    athuni siwokhawo
    mwana wa kaliati opanda experience ali ku LONDON winanso mmbale wachaponda akupita ku china ziliko..if you to our high commission in UK kuli tiana tokha tokha even mwana wa dausi…koma yaaaa

  40. CNN says:

    Chaponda is worse than a dog

  41. potepote says:

    Shame on DPP. You want him to get out so that the case cannot be revived. Shame on Kondowe (ACB). I thought you were a professional but have turned out to be another sucker.
    Bravo Bandawe the lawyer.

  42. YABWANYA says:

    THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF WAS ONE OF THE BENEFICIALIES OF THE MHC GATE HENCE MATIYA can only go scot free.
    Thieves in this GOVERNMENT. you let thieves go free and to make things worse give him a DIPLOMATIC post to continue eating our Tax Money.

  43. gringo says:

    GOD IS GREAT

  44. Amnodzebwalebwibwa says:

    Mbava kutuma mbamva inzake ,sitingatukuke chonchi.Promotion after kugulisa nyumba mwakuba.Kwa yehova kulibe promotion izi ndi za dziko lapansi pompa.

  45. Mlosi says:

    You politicians in the DPP, put your house in order because very soon you will be weeping. To Mr Matiya, this is just a temporally glory to you. If you have a diary quote my words.

  46. naphiri says:

    Paja aMalawi nsaje! Asiyeni a Matiya apite ku Geneva ko palibe vuto apa. A Nyasa pena pake you shouldn’t report emotionally! How can Mr Bandawe question his boss? Iwowo anayenala kumvela Lucas Kondowe osati vice versa? Kuyipa mtima basi.

  47. Omex70 says:

    Chaponda, what a fart in such a position! DPP government is just a punch of selfcentred bastards , who want to rescue their ass und kill the rest of us!

  48. mlauzi says:

    A Malawife tikuvutika chifukwa cha mchitidwe umenewu. International community ikamaona zimenezi zochita reward anthu oti ali ndi miladu, sizitithandiza zimenezi. Malawi – a pariah state

  49. Ndangonenapo says:

    I thought that it is the president that has powers to appoint an envoy to a foreign country.

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