Ex-Speaker urges Malawi President to put aside Chaponda as Leader of the House

Former Speaker of Parliament Sam Mpasu has advised President Peter Mutharika to put aside suspended Agriculture minister George Chaponda as Leader of the House until investigations in suspicious maize dealings is over.

Mpasu: Chaponda can still be Leader of the House but let him step aside

Parliament starts meeting this Monday for a mid year budget review meeting.

Mpasu said although Chaponda’s suspension as Agriculture minister has nothing to do with the parliamentary job as Leader of the House, he might find himself entangled in a mix up business as both minister and Leader of government business in the 193 strong House.

“He is not breaking any law if he remains as Leader of the House but morally and ethically, he needed to step down until the investigations are over.

“He is under probe by the President Mutharika appointed Commission of Inquiry, the Parliamentary Inquiry on maizegate and the graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau.”

He has constantly denied any wrong doing, accusing some sections of jealousy.

Spokesperson for parliament Leonard Mengezi said the House will recognise Chaponda as Leader of the House.

“His position in parliament is political. It is given to a person from the ruling party appointed by the state president. His job as Leader of the House has nothing to do with his job as a cabinet minister,” said Mengezi.

President Mutharika refused to suspend him as Agriculture minister until the High Court issued an order of suspension.

He is seen as front runner in DPP for the succession of Mutharika.

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Sam Mpasu ndi munthu wakuba! Ana akenso ndi anthu akuba asatisokose.

Chaponda akapezeka kuti anaba ndalama ndi Mulumbe amangidwa osadanda.

Alfred Minjo

I can see for whatever reason/s, many people are not sleeping with Chaponda


Malawi today. Advice to president but what does the law says. Lets go by the law not personal opinion other wise things might be chaotic. Morality might not help here especially when it is obvious that politicians and other people do not wish each other well. So lets stick to what the law says to avoid messing up things.

Mike Mithi

A john black mr sam mpasu anamangidwa ndi mlandu wa m’mela?

John Black

Sam Mpasu is a convicted criminal. He has a right to start a new life, but he cannot play the big man who knows it all. We do not need advice from a criminal.


When did you get an advice from a men of God & note it?Mr John black, please be honest.


John Black, the advice is clearly not to you but to the president! The fact that he was once convicted does not mean he cannot give advice! Infact there are many criminals, both in the cabinet and among members of parliament.

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