Malawi court says Chaponda remains suspended, injunction on ‘maizegate’ minister not lifted:  Judge to rule on Jan 31

A High Court judge has refused to lift an order  suspending Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda to pave way for smooth investigations on the maizegate scandal.

Chaponda: Remains suspended by court

Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale in an inter-party hearing on Tuesday asked Justice John Chirwa of Mzuzu High Court  to lift the injunction a private individual and three civil society organisations obtained last Thursday asking the Court to suspend Chaponda.

The  Attorney General also asked court that the CSOs  that include Mzuzu based Youth and Society and Church and Society Programme and the Lilongwe based Center for Development of People should not be party to the proceeding in the court but rather individuals.

Justice Chirwa said he will make his determination on January 31 and that the injunction obtained by CSOs remain in force, meaning Chaponda is still suspended.

His judgement will come on the days results of the Commission of Inquiry into the maizegate will be released.

The maizegate scandal is a suspected corruption elecment  where Agricultural Development and Marketing Cooperation (ADMARC) reportedly bought maize at K26 billion from the Zambian company and it is believed that Malawi could have saved about K9.5 billion if it had bought the grain directly from the Zambian government.

Their action by CSOs follows Mutharika’s appointment of a commission of inquiry into the allegationsof corruption and malpractices into the Zambian maize procurement saga.

Activist Charles Kajoloweka and the others argue that failure by Mutharika to fire Chaponda will compromise the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry on maizegate as a line Cabinet minister, he may interfere with the investigations.

Justice Chirwa granted the injunction last Thursday, effectively suspending Chaponda from cabinet and allowing a judicial review as the CSOs argue that Mutharika erred in his choice of commission of inquiry.

Chaponda faces contempt of court charges and possible arrest if he does not duly comply with the High Court order.

The  judicial review application filed on Wednesday afternoon under civil cause number 01 of 2017, lists the respondents as: Chaponda as first respondent, the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale as second respondent and President Peter Mutharika as third respondent.

While the applicants are: Charles Kajoloweka as first applicant, Youth and Society as second, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia (Church and Society Programme) as third and Centre for Development of People as fourth.

The Attorney General also wants to be struck off the case because none of his decisions, actions or inactions are under inquiry in the intended judicial review application.

Meanwhile, law professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa Danwood Chirwa applauded Justice Chirwa for doing his job, saying if a President fails to uphold the constitution he swore to defend, it is the duty of the courts to remind him of his constitutional responsibilities.

“The so-called commission of inquiry is a facade aimed at shielding the suspects from accountability. There is no need for an expensive commission filled by political cadres to investigate this criminal issue whose facts are easily ascertainable.

“There are qualified investigators within the law enforcement agencies who can get to the bottom of this within days, not even weeks,” Chirwa said.

 

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Gwenembe
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Chitsiru kwabasi chi Chapondamatope. Galu wachabechabe nkhope ngati galu wothena. Nonsense!!!! Zianthu zofunika mob justice zija ndi zimenezi. Usalireeeee waba wekha Chaponda, usalireee waba wekha. Mbuzi yamanu kunsi shatapu. You are a thief, your wife thief, your concubine thief, your children and grand children thieves; your president thief eeeish including your ancestors. Lomwez are thieves to the core.

C phiri
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A Kaomba ndi ozelezeka, munthu ochitsa manyazi Ife anthu aku Kasungu, munthu ongokhalira kupemphapempha. Muyikira kumbuyo zitsiru pamene abale any Ku Kasungu akubvutika ndi njala. Muwauzeso anzanu a LUKWA mumatipangitsa manyazi kwabiri. Tikudziwa mwayambaso kudya nao ngati za third term.ndinu zitsiru , mbuzi za mano kusi.

Chaponda
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God Bless Malawi. God root out so many thieves in government, MBC TV, CSOs, churches, Immigration,Min.of Edu, Hospitals,Colleges & Universities, banks, Assemblies and Councils,companies, shops etc and let their leader Chaponda and lataPi know that you are still God.

Bikoko
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M’mesa anthunu mumati Kamlepo akunama kuti some ministers are corrupt! Nanga lero siizi? Senoir cabinet minister as well as 2019 DPP’s presidential aspirant Chaponda is in now. Tinene kuti ali yekha ameneyu? Poti Chipani chonse cha DPP chikumuikira kumbuyo, sichikudziwapo kanthu pamenepa? zikusiyana pati ndi Lutepo? anthuwa ngoyipa koopsa kuposa Lusifala ndithu.

chikopa
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If current Administration is cornered it should just open up cases for Goodall Gondwe in 2005 Fertiliser Deal, Viphya Plantation Concessions and so many tumbuka bad deals and look for judges who will have passion to prosecute ambwenu- mbwenu and soon you will start crying. When tough gets going, the going gets tough. Put special prosecute to see how one tribe has managed to amass so much property in area 47 and 43 in Lilongwe. This is the start of war if you do not know. Newton Third Law will be applied here. You are just lucky that Wandale has… Read more »
chikopa
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Gugile Chiwetoh you are choli. Chindere chakufikapo. if current Administration is cornered it should just open up cases for Goodall Gondwe in 2005 Fertiliser Deal, Viphya Plantation Concessions and so many tumbuka bad deals and look for judges who will have passion to prosecute ambwenu- mbwenu and soon you will start crying. When tough gets going, the going gets tough. Put special prosecute to see how one tribe has managed to amass so much property in area 47 and 43 in Lilongwe. This is the start of war if you do not know. Newton Third Law will be applied here.… Read more »
Amunakudambo
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***Shaaaa! a Chaponda chibwanocho ngati amameta ndevu ndi khasu! ***

Cheyo the real northerner
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Cheyo the real northerner

mcp die hard, you are more than foolish

mbuya
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this is the only consolation for all who love justice and for the poor as well. God intervation

Mughandira
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Tukwanani mmene mungathere together with your Yohane Chirwa.

But the truth is we who voted for this govt will not allow you another opportunity to cashgate with Abiti Mtila and Ada Banda.

You fabricated stories about late Bingu which you failed to investigate the two years you were in govt.

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