DPP give Chaponda ‘presumption of innocence’: No need to fire him

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but  has maintained  that former Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda will remain in his position of vice-president (Southern Region), saying the fact that he is being prosecuted on corruption-related charges does not warrant his removal as  he needs “presumption of innocence”.

DPP Vice Presidents for East and South Bright Msaka and George Chaponda respectively confers with Administrative  Secretary Francis Mphepo (R) 

Kasaila said Chapaonda will be allowed to hold his position as second-in command in the ruling party despite his court case until proven guilty by a competent court of law and not public opinion.

“DPP cannot remove out vice president Chaponda on the basis of an accusation,” Kasaila said.

Kasaila, who is also Minister of  Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, also said President Peter Mutharika has said Chaponda is free to attend any DPP public events.

There has been  calls for President Peter Mutharika  to remove Chaponda from the position  in DPP to send a clear message to Malawians that the party does not condone corruption.

Chaponda, the Ivy League trained lawyer turned politician—alongside two businesspersons Rashid Tayub of Transglobe Produce Export Limited and Grace Mijiga Mhango, who also chairs the Grain Traders and Processors Association of Malawi—were arrested in connection with alleged corrupt practices during the procurement of maize at the height of a food shortage crisis that gripped the country last year.

He is answering three corruption-related charges linked to the controversial procurement of maize from Zambia.

The former minister, who is Mulanje South West member of Parliament (MP), denies any wrong doing.

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Josephy Chikwemba jnr
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Josephy Chikwemba jnr

Smart move. divide and rule yakanika. Chaponda is winning the case and DPP is winning 2019 again.

Ma hope a Chaponda
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DPP is united! MCP greedy and divided.Taonera kaye ya kabwira vs Kaliwo.Nde imvelere ikayamba ya msowoya vs Mia. Ife wathu Chaponda is going nowhere.

Jeremy Botomani
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Malawi ndi dziko la nsanje! wachita bwino Kasaila kunena mwa mvemvemve.Asafuna apite ku kongelesi tidzawanyenyere limodzi 2019.Kuti phwaaaa!

Ngolongoliwa
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wachita bwino osawasiyira anyaphaphi amenewa,Kenako tikanamva kuti akufuna Chaponda akupatseninso akazache

Great Mind
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Nobody is more important than others.DPP has done well in maintaining Chaponda on his position. Zomwe zinanchitikira chaponda zitha kuchitikira aliyense in politics.People get framed in politics.

Tamz Lups
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I personally don’t see anything wrong in keeping him as their Vice president since it is not a public office plus there are a lot people still serving in the same party while they have cases to answer.Let us all remember Chaponda is just a suspect

Cadet wa Nyoo
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“Vice president George Chaponda” Akamva a Kajoloweka adatumidwa kuti asokoneze bata ndi mtendere aja ku DPP akumva mpwelereeeeeee wa cholera wayambawu

Dzuka Malawi Dzuka
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This is what i call unity in the DPP.No matter what other people might think or say you are standing by your team.It shows you are not desperate ngati mbuzi za kaliwo ndi kabwila.You are definitely getting my vote.

Chilungamo
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The more you read nkhani za Chaponda, the more you see that anthu ambiri ndi mbutuma in this country.They can hate MBC for being DPP’s mouth piece and be fooled by Times Group owned by MCP. Kasaila is very correct with their position clear on Chaponda’s future in the party.That’s the only thing sane people can do to their senior member.

Cadetest
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Anthu omwe amati Chaponda achoke are not DPP.They want gurus like him to gone to weaken the party. Well articulated by the might party’s spokesman.

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