Malawi activist, lawyer receive death threats for seeking court order to suspend minister Chaponda over ‘maizegate’

Human rights campaigners have called for the protection of activists Charles Kajoloweka and private practice lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa who have received death threats.

One of the SMS which Kajoloweka received

Kajoloweka: Receieves death threats from regime thugs

It is believed regime thugs  have sent the threats after they  applied for a judicial review of President Peter Mutharika’s decision not to suspend Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda amid a probe into the Zambia maize import transaction.

Kajoloweka confirmed they have received a series of anonymous SMS messages, phone calls threatening their lives.

He said one of the phone numbers used was 0886029732.

They are now taking precautions for their safety.

The human rights campaigners meannwhile calls on the Malawi government to ensure the safety and protection of all human rights activists and that it  must investigate the threats and bring those found responsible to justice.

Minister of Information Nicholous Dausi said the threats are not coming from regime  thugs, saying  the e government will continue  to create “ an entente cordiale to everybody.”

Dausi, who is government spokesman, said DPP government is “one of the most tolerant government.”

But Dausi said government will not sit back when people go about making “wild , unsubstantitied allegations; lies, conjectures and innuendos.”

Kajoloweka led the CSOs’ seeking court injunction after Mutharika’s  appointment of a commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption and malpractices in the maize import deal between State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) and a Zambian company.

The CSOs—Youth and Society (YAS), Church and Society Programme of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia and Centre for Development of People (Cedep)— applied for an injunction restraining Chaponda from discharging his duties as a Cabinet minister pending a further order of the court.

Chaponda, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale and Mutharika are first, second and third respondents respectively in the Civil Case No. 1 of 2017 filed at the Mzuzu Registry of the High Court of Malawi. The case is before High Court judge John Chirwa.

They are also questioning Mutharika’s decision to include in the commission of inquiry on the maize saga some civil servants, whom they argue are subordinates to Chaponda.

Two members of the probe team—Socilitor General and Principal Secretary of Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Dr. Janet Banda and Law Commission deputy chief law reform officer Mike Chinoko—are civil servants. The commission is chaired by retired Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa and certified public auditor Isaac Kaira completes the set.

In their plea, the CSOs want the court to, among others, to declare that Mutharika erred in his choice of members of the commission of inquiry.

Documents show that Admarc may have used a private Zambian company, Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited that may have been more expensive instead of Zambian government agency ZCF.

But both Chaponda and Admarc CEO Foster Mlumbe claim they used government agency and not middleman. They also say no money has been paid for the maize import until a threshold of 10,000 metric tonnes is reached. So far, it is said only 5,000 metric tonnes have been delivered.

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The Partriot
Guest

Just try to hurt our youngnand brilliant lawyer……tithamangapo pa Malawi pano!!!!

Dindadinda
Guest

It is of huge surprise that the presilent of our country is not practically trustworthy. This can be seen thru his approach in this hot issue.
Malawians should be clear that the president has a hand in the saga hence maintaining the crooked minister.
Wake up people..

Chilungamo Chimawawa
Guest

the good thing is that chances are high that APM himself will not live longer in this world and after he is gone malawi will be liberated. Its only God who will fight war for Malawians.

uchekedwadi
Guest

u dnt cntribute any in malawi and who gonner protect u are those who are fool aandno one dead for politics in malawi ,who are two parties can fyt in malawi MCP & DPP and thy know what they app to,ur useless fuck u

Kajolo
Guest

TUmbukas are useless.Yoou were quite when PP ws ruling because you were eating with JB. Now the government has sealed all the doors used by these useless Tumbukas then they are mammuring. Please slaughter them immediately.

Mr H.Inda
Guest
if you cant change anything now…prepare your tommorrow,whats the reason behind the failure of suspending Chaponda? tiziti Presdent akuopa kut chaponda akanchitsa asowa replacement? if its that how many people are there with same qualifications like that of Chapondayo? dont fool us with experience staff he was once an amatuare…..zinthu zavuta tavomeleza,koma what do you call a woman who keeps his son who steal money to buy food to provide the famly? you cant punish him for your favor then whats for the rest of the people? what kind of favor are you giving them? ndizonvetsa chisoni ndizokhudza komaso zopanda… Read more »
gg
Guest

Stupid person like Dausi what can he say he is most stupid person Mw and sbig killer.

Gunman
Guest
I’ve trust in the God I serve the challenge is that politicians are surrounded by men that don’t tell them the truth.Do you remember Evison Matafale?Who killed him?What has happen to the family of the man who ordered or let others use his name to kill Matafale?Remember Robert Chasowa?Who else big followed him?God is still speaking this day n if somebody dare touch these guys my Gods thunder n lightining shall cross the touted highly protected areas n take this god you’re busy praising .You can undermine the God of Abraham but he doesn’t fail.Those that are hungry for others… Read more »
Mkwapu
Guest

The nuse is getting tight on the rattle snake
Next escom deals and foreign affairs by the same rattle snake

Mtumbuka watsankho
Guest

Tumbukas going to a Tumbuka court in a Tumbuka capital to get an injunction to remove a Lhomwe!!! However when a Tumbuka government led by JB was stealing money and Tumbukas were benefitting they didn’t take an injunction!!! Pali chilungamo apa? For Tumbukas it is only wrong if they are not the ones benefitting!!! These are not CSOs but hate filled Tumbukas who are used to pondereza anthu ena!!!!

bullshit
Guest

Inuyo Alhomwe panthawi ya JB atumbuka akuba ndalama ma court kunalibe? Mwabwi simunapite ku khoti nanu kukatenga ma injunction? Sukulu ndiyofunika bwana. it takes an educated person to know all avenues of where to seek remedy.

Nguluyanabambe
Guest

You are a Fool. A person of this modern time cannot be tribalistic as you are. You must be a DPP Thug

Mweene
Guest

Empty statement there “nguluya”: Many northerners spew out hatred too. In the same modern era of yours. The northern wall is now crumbling, as we can tell from the blow back on this forum and elsewhere. Other tribes, and regions, do have well educated men and women who can defend an argument Days of domination are gone, and will never come back!

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