Chaponda, Tayub found ‘not gulity’,  acquitted in ‘Maizegate’:  Zambian maize procurement case

Former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda and businessperson Rashid Tayub have been acquitted after court ruled on Friday that they have no case to answer in the Zambian maize procurement case.

Chaponda (R) and Tayub: Co-accused

Chaponda appeared relieved at Zomba Magistrate’s Court as Zomba chief resident magistrate Paul Chiotcha prounuced his determination.

The court acquitted Chaponda in all three charges which include giving false information to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), influencing a public officer to misuse his position and possession of foreign currency.

Tayub was also said to have no case  on  the charge of persuading a public officer to misuse his position but they both denied the charges.

Chaponda, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for Southern Region, was arrested last year alongside Tayub, director of TransGlobe, for suspected corrupt acts in the maize procurement transaction.

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Angoni
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Angoni

Koma DPP isaluze masankho chilungamo chidzawoneka ndithu kumwambakuli mulungu adzaweluza Magufuli akawina 2019

Mtumbuka Usatana
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Kikikik atumbuka agwa nayo. Our Chaponda is clean.

Watsala bakha akungoyenda tang’atang’ayu joice banda nayenso akalowe kumpanda for the jetgate, armygate, petroleumgate, escomgate, rottenmaizegate, cashgate, mudzitransformationgate etc etc.

Agalu atumbuka inu you are pathetic hypocrites. Why are you silent on joice banda the she-thief?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

If you’re emotionally attached to your tribe, religion or political leaning to the point that truth and justice become secondary considerations, your education is useless. Your exposure is useless. If you cannot reason beyond petty sentiments , you’re a liability to humankind. I rest my case

Ntengo wa Kesia
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Ntengo wa Kesia

@DzukaiAmalawi: It would appear your criticism is aimed at those concurring with the Court ruling. But you should be aware that is their primary reason for appearing to support Mr Chaponda; not necessarily because he’s a homeboy or because of religious or political affiliations, as you put it. One of the benefits of the judicial system operating in a democracy, in contrast to pre-1994 Kamuzu and MPs dictatorship, is the zero to minimum tolerance of political interference. So, when presiding learned magistrates and judges make a call with regarding a case, with written reasonings, we should accept the judgement regardless… Read more »

Kunena Mosapsyatila
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Kunena Mosapsyatila

It’s very pathetic and disheartening for our poor Malawi. Hearing this makes me feel very sick. It’s mostly in Africa and particularly this poor country called Malawi that people can cheer at this utter nonsense done by the courts. This country is really collapsed and has lost its moral compass, bent for destruction. I wonder how foolish some learned people on this forum are backing up this mediocre judgement. This is not about arguments or about hunting Chaponda!!!! To hell with your useless stance on siding with this educated thief. Its about loving this country, exposing the truth, eliminating corruption,… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Whilst you are 100% right in your analysis hence your well placed anger; you must remember that 90% of our population is uneducated (though paper-educated) with no critical thinking skills. Even the educated 10% is in no space to connect the dots to understand the link between bad politics, rampant corruption and the poverty all around them (our minds are enslaved to not think that we are worth much more). As the wise would say. eloquently that…….”If we are emotionally attached to our respective tribe, religion or political leanings to the point the the truth and justice become secondary considerations,… Read more »

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Ndende ndi ya ife a mphawi anthu olemera amapita ku ndende ngati? Poti aliyense wadziwilatu kuti apa chilungamo chakhota. Ngati anthu aku Zambia anali ready kuti adzaperekere umboni. Ku capital hill simunawotcha office kufafaniza umboni sometimes I wonder office ya Agricultural ku Capital yapsa almost 4 times ????????

Peter
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Peter

No.no.no.the case is nt over.i dn’t understand why the case of Mr Muluzi is still in court. While a case of mr choponda is over and done it very fast.there is no justice here.Please NGO MAKE PLAN CAN WE GO TO STREET.

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

Why asking NGO? Go by yourself. What more did you want? Amangidwe opanda chifukwa? Shame on you Peter. One is innocent until proven guilty. Leave Chaponda alone.

DR MANGA
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3 DPP CAMPS NOW THUS : PETER, CHILIMA AND CHAPONDA .KKKKKK

URIM AND THUMIM
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DPP MOVE TO PUT
CHAPONDA AS THEIR TORCH
BEARER !!

DR MANGA
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IS CHAPONDA THE FIRST PERSON TO BE FOUND NOT GUILTY IN MALAWI ????????????
WHAT IS ALL THIS HYPE ABOUT????????

Wandu
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Wandu

Justice has been done! The media and CSOs must be ashamed. How could Chaponda have stolen when the maize was not even bought from Zambia. The opposition should be ashamed too.

Chiko
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Chiko

Wanu ndiwe mbuzi yama kunsi

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