CSOs press on Mutharika to fire Chaponda, Mulumbe until investigations are over on Malawi/Zambia ‘maizegate’

Civil society organisations (CSOs) who have also called for the resignation of Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda and suspendion of State-produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe to pave way for corruption investigation into the Zambian maize procurement saga are currently meeting in Lilongwe in a bid to put pressure on President Peter Mutharika.

Robert Mkwezalamba : Chaponda and Mulumbe should go to pave way for investigations

This follows the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to probe how Admarc procured 100,000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia.

But Robert Mkwezalamba, Human Rights Consultative Committee executive director said the meeting is aimed at strategising what action to take if Chaponda and Mlumbe are not suspended.

He said in the past there have been commission of inquiries whose reports the government has not worked on.

His sentiments  have been echoed by Chancellor College Law Professor Edge Kanyongolo who said the setting up of the inquiry is time buying.

CSOs pushing for this matter include Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen), Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) and Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec).

Others are Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Youth and Society (YAS) and Citizen Alliance.

Apart from suggesting that Mulumbe and Chaponda should step down, the CSOs also want government to set up an independent investigations commission made up of CSOs, private entrepreneurs,  parliamentarians and ACB officials to investigate the deal and  report within three weeks from such appointments.

Besides Mulumbe, the CSOs also want all officials who have been party to the transaction to be suspended to pave the way for independent investigations.

Further, the CSOs want Admarc to vacate an injunction it sought against Times Group and that all actions against national entities and individuals discontented with the deal be withdrawn.

The rights defenders also demand that the status of the purchase of the maize be declared to the public with all the remaining processes covered in camera.



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Ine ndinkangokuonani mukuti DPP yomweyo. Lero madzi achita katondo dziko latha ngati makatani. Ndanga zoona nduna single handedly kupanga handle ma deals yekha? A zMulumbe afera za eni.

ntopwa guy

Mulopwana Chaponda kuba too much, unduna uli onse angapite iye amasokonezako, let him resign timveko zina, ndiamene akuipitsa mbiri ya DPP ameneyi……….. if president Mutharika can’t see this, DPP izaluza 2019. Mark my words, people are very disappointed, Chaponda akuwabera anthu osauka, anthu omwe akugona ndi njala …………….. ameneyi ndi mfiti… kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Mutharika Achoke

they must fired&save jail term!!!
Malawi shall never prosper with corruption it’s a time now let’s get up stand up for our rights!!!
enough is enough

The Prophet

Just resign sir, what else do you want. Why do you still keep him may be u know each other well on such issues. Are u not ashamed, should we say u listen to peoples calls. Do u value the importance of acting in time when u see a hazard.
Why do you cheat yourself that by keeping quiet or not reacting on the matter may mean your gov is not corrupt mmmmmm


Apart from the obviuos corruption everywhere in our society…. I think some people just hate DPP… because DPP keep coming to power through the ballot a thing which they never expected.


Mbava, anthu okuba


why always Chaponda. Mr Honorable can you just resign amicably to pave the way for the investigation. when everything is done and you find yourself that you are not involved that’s is great and you can walk with your shoulders and nose high that to cling on that position when you know that you have done something which is bad. how do you feel honorable when you see in the villages that others are walking with their tummies without the cover and you, yourself you are in the oceans of the money. may God guide you honorable


agreed mulopwana chaponda honourably step aside tisachite kukukhani man!


That is the right procedure because justice can be done in the absence of the accused. They can be brought back in case they are innocent. Failure to pave way for investigations is a recipe for injustice and we are law abiding citizens. Mr. President let the two go on forced leave to pave way

Piche Yakiti

Way to go!

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