CSO’s declares 17 January ‘Black Tuesday’ as Maizegate inter-party hearing commence

Human rights activist Charles Kajoloweka who is founder and Executive Director of Mzuzu based Organization Youth and Society (YAS) with backing from three other Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) have declared Tuesday 17th January 2017 as “Black Tuesday”.

Kajoloweka: We expect that the court will sustain our injunction

This is the first day the Maizegate scandal case enters an inter-party hearing at the Mzuzu High Court after Malawi government through Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale filed a motion asking the court to vaccate an ex-parte injunction Kajoloweka and other CSO’s obtained last Thursday asking the court to suspend Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda.

Kajoloweka, Church and Society and Lilongwe based Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) sought suspension of Chaponda as one way of paving way for smooth investigations into the maizegate scandal after president Mutharika gave Malawians a deaf ear to act on the same.

According to Kajoloweka, they expect Malawians on Tuesday to join the Civil Society Groups in seeking justice on the alleged looting of Billions of public resources meant for procurement of maize for six million plus starving Malawians.

“As the maize scandal case enters Inter-Party hearing at Mzuzu Court this Tuesday 17th January, we have declared the day Black Tuesday; a day patriotic Malawians will openly join Civil Society Groups in seeking justice on the alleged looting of Billions of public resources
meant for procuring maize for the 6.8 million starving citizens,” reads a notice posted by Kajoloweka on his Facebook Timeline on Sunday.

Kajoloweka therefore called upon all Malawians of good will to join the CSO’s on this important day.

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Sunday afternoon, Kajoloweka expressed optimism that the court will stand by its decision.

“We expect that the court will sustain our injunction and call for full judicial review” said Kajoloweka.

He further asked Malawians of good will across the country who will not make it to Mzuzu or even those right in Mzuzu to come up with financial and material contributions.

“They may support the process by making small financial contributions [or materials] towards placards, bannars, publicity, mobilization of more people, communication e.t.c. Wer are really resource strained” Kajoloweka told Nyasa Times.

Financial contributions can be made via Airtel Money Number 0999088836 or through the following bank details: Youth and Society (YAS), Standard Bank, Mzuzu Branch, Account # 0140036182899.

In a motion Attorney General filed at Mzuzu High Court, government says court has no jurisidiction in a judicial review in administrative action and that the application by CSO’s does not disclose an arguable case or serious questions fit for further inquiry at judicial review.

Government also argues that courts have no mandate to suspend or fire any person who was appointed by the head of state.

Peter Mutharika led government has come under fire following he allerged corrupt purchasing of maize from Zambia.

The government is being accused of wasting about K10 Billion through the dubious maize purchasing process with Minister Chaponda being the main culprit being the minister responsible.

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raymond phiri
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A boma vomelezani a CSO akufuna munthu uyu afufuzidwe ngati sanalakwe ziwoneka , vuto ndi chiyani pamenepa mukuwonetseratu kuti mumabera limodzi ndi mfitiyi

chisoni wa chisoni
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Mukungoti government government, who is government? Government are the people of Malawi who are complaining. The powers of the president are invested in him by the people therefore the people are more supreme than the President or minister. The people can demand for their removal if the people feel they are not discharging what they were entrusted to do. Malawians wake up from your slumber and reclaim what is yours .

Achiomba
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All the best Kajoloweka

Woza Diplomat
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To all those backing Chaponda, do u know that Chaponda got double allowance from money meant to buy maize when he came to Zambia in May 2016? Admarc paid his allowance n he got some more allowance at Malawi Embassy in Lusaka. Let him deny this n a voucher where he signed will b produced. Balance of the cash was collected by Mulumbe n no one knows is the balance of USD9000.00 was deposited back to Admarc account.

Bilimankhwe
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Reverend Makondesa was right.with this type of mentality Malawi will never develop

Atusaye mwakabanga
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The maize scandal has brought to exposure the kind of CSOs we have in malawi.Some stir mutiny in the name of patriotism,some target our pockets to hook out some cash in the same name patriotism&goodwill like thisCso how can they just declare a black day on matters in court awaiting justification,what will a banner mean to a judge,or the verdict pronounciation.Today you are asking for financial support+material for black tuesday without indicating figures,only your account number this means you are money hungry you dont show how much as Cso have spent for this day.If you are not accountable this way… Read more »
Pitala
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Ine pitala mutharika ndikuvomereza kuti chaponda ndi wakubadi zoona limodzi ndi ine ndemwe . Timawabera athu osauka azivutika opanda mankhwala mzipatala ine ndi chaponda tikadwala timapita ku USA.

Alfred Minjo
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Iyaaaaa! Ukuti chani iwe? Zaugalu basi..iwe opusa eti!!

chitutu phiri
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MUSATINAMIZE YUSUF MWAWA ANAMANGIDWA ALI MINISTER INU MUKUTI CHANI.NKHANI SI PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT,ITS ONLY THE PRESIDENT WHO ENJOY THE IMMUNITY AND NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.ZINTHU ZIKUBEDWA NDIYE TIZITI IYAYI NDI PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT,FOSEKE

mmc
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Pa maizegate palibe pakadalipano olo ndi Kobo imodzi yomwe yabedwa ngakhale yoboola. There has not been any payment from PTA bank to anyone in Zambia

Dipipi was Udiefu
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we have precedence of a President being sued in this country. Bakili Muluzi was sued and defended by a government lawyer.Kodi a AG panopawa kunalibe ku Malawi nthawi imeneyo?.

f mtonga
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tiyeni tipise m’matumba

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