ACB still keeping some millions from Chaponda

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is still holding some millions  it took  from  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice- president George Chaponda in the Maizegate case.

Chaponda: Wants speedy trial

Malawians, in different social media platforms,  reacted angrily to the decision by graft bursting bodyto give back K29m to Chaponda.

However ACB director Reyneck Matemba said the money had not been part of the case.

“The money had not been part of the case. We are still holding on to K95m which is part of the corruption case,” said Matemba.

He said the ACB investigation on money laundering on the K29m fell out hence the decision to give back the money to Chaponda.

“I knew that Malawians would not be happy with the decision. I knew that they would be ridiculed and condemned,” said Matemba.

He said the ACB would always work according to law than please public opinion.

Matemba said the ACB obtained a court order to confiscate the money and the court also ordered to give him back the money which was not part of the case.

Chaponda, who was fired from President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet, is answering three charges, including giving false information to ACB, influencing a public officer to misuse his position and possession of foreign currency while businessperson Rashid Tayub  has one charge of persuading a public officer to misuse his position.

Meanwhile, defence lawyers have expressed dismay at continued deferment of the court proceedings andfeel the  State is deliberately applying tricks to delay the proceedings.

“Each time the State has been coming up with excuses. For example, they asked for the recusal of Blantyre chief resident magistrate Simeon Mdeza. After that was declined, they came up with an application to have the matter be transferred to the High Court, all those were efforts of trying to delay the case,” observed Banda.

The counsel observed that Chaponda and Tayub would want to see the case concluded as quickly as possible because it was affecting them in various ways.

“The court case has an effect on businesses of both accused persons and as for Honourable Chaponda his political career is also impinged on,” he said

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What people are saying Mr Matemba is that ACB is so sloppy and unskilled that you don’t even have the minimum knowledge to interpret the relevant laws and provisions. You have imbecile investigators and prosecutors incapable of dealing with basic cases. you have lost case after case for lack of evidence in some cases blaming the magistrates or judges forgetting that these judges rule on the basis of the strength of the each case before them. If your investigators and prosecutors are weak then the judge has no choice but follow the law to the tee. I suggest you contract… Read more »

Wanyazikhipi Kahamba
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Wanyazikhipi Kahamba

Zgowera. Chaponda anabela limodzi ndi Peter Mthalika amangidwe.

Noel
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Noel

I like Matemba’s attitude on this case.That’s what we call objectivity.He doesn’t care what you think as long as the ACB does it’s job.

Dixson Dzida
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Dixson Dzida

ACB inadziwa bwanji kuti ndalama zina ndi zachilungamo ndipo zina ndi zamachimo

TRUMP
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TRUMP

DPP FIELD MARSHALS
PLAYING THE MUSIC

BUSHIRI PLEASE RESCUE
THESE PEOPLE (MALAWIANS ) AM BEGGING YOU ON BEHALF OF THE YOUTHS
AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED

Safari
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Safari

Useless comment on this forum. Only GOD can and will always rescue anybody in trouble and not your so called _______..
Repent to the Almighty God before you perish.

Anony
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Anony

The George Chaponda I know and the one I read about in media are totally different.You might know this but the George Chaponda I worked with at the ministry of foreign affair and his PS Daliso Kabambe during was very strict, committed to work and disciplined.

Rodrick Kabambe
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Rodrick Kabambe

They should have just given him back all this money because lets face it ACB is just buying time and thats why akuchulutsa ma excuse ever since the case started. This is unfair to the accused, otherwise George Chaponda suffered public humiliation for nothing.

Dickson Kaliwo
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Dickson Kaliwo

Chaponda BOMA!!!!!!!! DPPP BOMA!!! MUTHARIKA BOMA!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth Bamusi
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Ruth Bamusi

ANTHU ANAYESETSA KUIPITSA MBILI YA CHAPONDA KOMA MULUNGU SI MUNTHU.EVERYTIME YOU CURSE HIM OUT THE MORE HE BLESSES HIM.PHUNZIRO LATHU LA LERO: KUWELUZA NDI KWA MWINI WAKE JEHOVA.AMEN

Rawjazz
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Rawjazz

Chaponda has no case to answer. ACB is embarrassing itself because they relied much on Chaponda’s public perception koma paokha anakanika kupeza umboni okwanira against him. How I wish mbuzi yotchedwa Kondowe was still ku ACB kuti aone kuti dyera limaonga ntchito.He was used by DPP enemies pano ali kuti???

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