Anti-Corruption Bureau raid houses of Chaponda, Mulumbe’: Find stacks of cash at Malawi Minister’s house

The  graft busting body Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which is investigating Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Thapatula Chaponda following a recommendation by the commission of inquiry into Malawi’s maize imports from Zambia on Tuesday searched the house of the embattled minister in the capital Lilongwe.

Mulumbe and Chaponda , their houses raided: ACB discovered money, stored in a bag at the minister’s house.

ACB also searched the House of chief executive officer for State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), Foster Mulumbe.

Chaponda and Mulumbe are being  investigated by ACB in relations to the questionable procurement of maize from Zambia.

ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala confirmed the bureau obtained a court warrant of search to raid houses.

“People are out there conducting searches,” Ndala said on Capital Radio on Tuesday afternoon.

“Currently the operation is underway,” confirmed Ndala.

She could however not disclose the houses which were being searched.

But Nyasa Times learnt from ACB sources that house raided included that of Chaponda and Mulumbe.

The search of Chaponda’s home revealed stacks of cash both in foreign currency and Kwacha but the value could not be independently verified.

Sources says  the searches turned out to be “quite productive”.

ACB has not commented on whether they have seized the cash.

“The final amount is unknown. But a bag loaded with cash has been found,” said a source.

Chaponda who was attending a sitting of  parliament when ACB conducted the search,  refused to comment on the nature  of the money or its origins, only claiming that he is not guilty.

According to ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba, the  bureau launched an investigation into the maize procurement saga in January this year where they have been investigating the roles that a number of individuals and institutions played in the whole procurement saga.

“We are also currently conducting a joint investigation with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia and three of our officers went to Zambia a month ago as part of the investigation. We wish to confirm that the bureau is also investigating the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. George Chaponda,” he said.

Chaponda and Mulumbe maintain they are innocent.

Meanwhile, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, refused to say anything on the matter.

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Himza
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Boma la anthu akuba,osakhala ndi chisoni ndi anthu osauka.Anthu opanda chikondi inu mukuba kwambiri ,Malawi mwina bwezi ili ndi misewu yatala palipose.Koma chifukwa cha chombwe inu kuba,Malawi adzakhala osauka mpakana kale.shame on you chaponda.

oscido
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kuda ngt ujeni yakoyo. uziona nyengo yakukwanira mphwanga wayaluka iwe chitsilu chibwano choopanda ndedvucho

Jnr malawi
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God has ansd malawians

adadi
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A dausi information minister .why have u failed to comment ,when u were favouring chaponda. talk talk now. Zikakala za opposition mmalankhula zambiri. Apa wagwanayo. Acb keep it up.

Chakanda
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Boma soni zavikola ku adimaki no kulutako ngoma tugula kuma venda kweniso tugula gilandimilo ku chipiku,mwavindele imwe mwatikoma mwe.

Chakanda
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Boma soni zavikola ku adimaki no kulutako ngoma tugula kuma venda kweniso tugula gilandimilo ku chipiku,mwavindele imwe

Tifelanji
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Where are those whom were supporting the guyguy? Look soon you will be exporsed and you will join your uncle.

OWEN
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so sad, gvt is failing to recruit health wokers so as to improve healt of people in the country, but busy enriching themselves because they know that they can go everywhere in the world to seek medical services while we are dying. Mulungu atithandizebe kuti zivumbuluke zambili.

wakumudzi
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mtuwuza chiyani anthu andale inu.popeza zanu ndizimodzi mukungochalira kuti wina achoke mulowe mmalo ndinuyo.tatopa nanu zitsiru inu.

winston msowoya
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Congrats Anti-Corruption Bureau!!!! Now Malawians realise the fact that Northerners are scape-goats,are not what the majority of Southerners and Central Malawians are taking them for granted.Chaponda is not alone,he is the right hand man of the evil President Peter Munthalika as J0hn Tembo to late Hastings Banda. This saga has just come in the wake of the EUs’ decision to suspend economic aid to Malawi because of its level of corruption that has reached its zenith.The discovery of looting in the house of Mr.Chaponda,does not astonish any body for he has been Muthalika’s confidante for along time,now the truth has… Read more »
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