Malawi courts suspends Minister Chaponda over maizegate

High Court registry in Mzuzu has granted an injunction to three civil society organisations who applied for a judicial review of President Peter Mutharika’s decision not to suspend  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda to pave way for smooth investigations on maizegate.

Chaponda: Court grants an order to have him suspended from Cabinet

Private citizen Charles Kajoloweka, the Church and Society Program of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod, Centre for the Development of People and Youth and Society filed the eight ground lawsuit at Mzuzu High Court.

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

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 interefere with the investigations.

Justice John Chirwa grated the injunction on 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, who will be served with court papers on Thursday, faces contempt of court charges and possible arrest if he does not duly complied with the High Court order.

“The Court also granted leave to proceed with case in the form of a judicial review,” said Wesley Mwafulirwa, the CSOs Counsel from John Tennyson and Associates.

Chaponda refused to resign whilst Mutharika developed cold feet to kickout the political “bulldozer” merely on allegations and speculation.

The board of director of State-produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has since sent on forced leave  chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe who is accused with Chapoda of suspicious dealings in the way they bought the 100000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia.

Both Chaponda and Mulumbe deny any wrong doing.

Anti Corruption Bureau is also probing the engagement of a privately-owned Zambian company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited which purportedly played the role of middleman in the maize import deal.

The Zambian company has since reportedly dragged Admarc to court for breach of contract, having already done so with the Zambia Cooperative Federation over similar charges.

Admarc reportedly paid about K26 billion which government borrowed from the PTA Bank for the purchase of the maize which is about K9.5 billion more than the estimated K15 billion it could have paid had it bought the maize directly from the Zambian Government.

However, both Chaponda and Mulumbe have said no money has been paid so far.

 

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Chonde musiyeni Santana ndi bulutu otheratu ndinachezapo naye pa chonde. Amangokhalila kudya gondolos, mapira, makaka ndi nandolo. Brain yake ili ku chitendene. ndiye minga inamubayaso kuchitendene kalekale.. Ndiozelezeka chonde musalimbane naye musiyeni.

Akalemba zake ziwani kuti ndi nzeru zakuchitendene.

Tull
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Tumbukas fighting a loosing game again! Kikikikikiki munya muwona. Presidential powers remain as such. Courts are not everything tamvana zimenezo a hinya inu?

Abiti
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Now I can see that Malawi and those commenting on this site are very dull and uncivilized.
Malawians don’t think . They are carried away by what one says. Just imagine you stop commenting on what is on the agenda you spend wasting time talking against Santana . You make him look big when he might be small . He has fooled you guys
Malawi full of dull people including Chakwera the lier and false reverend
Why did he stop from preaching the word of God?

Mwananyanian
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People, justice is not so straight and simple; like, that court does not have a final say on this. Hence the appeal, and rightly so, the government is mounting. Scale down the celebrations. And don’t take these issues like they are personal. What are you gonna do when the ruling is put on hold, or gets quashed. Life still goes on. I still maintain that a suspension of a Minister, on suspicions, belongs in the political arena; and not in the legal one. Because Courts’ are supposed to try cases based on evidence, not suspicions. This ruling, to be sure,… Read more »
namasina
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Tacimanganin ici! Chinkhope chimeneci sicoyenelan kukhala mu Parliament!

Mweto okhweene
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Satana or Santana. I am a Lhomwe from Muloza Mulanje but Chaponda waonjeza. Again Mutharika is incapable and probably drunk. First, the Board did the right thing in suspending Mulumbe. Mutharika should have read the writing on the wall that if he did not push chaponda out, then he was going to be pushed by people. This is exactly what the court has done. (Phinyaminyole, khe yolha- We are labouring in vain). Not all of us Lhomwes like the picture that Chaponda is showing of Lhomwes. Secondly, if Mutharika is shielding Chaponda because Peter is himself corrupt (which I believe… Read more »
Chipalamandule
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Koma George Chaponda, nkhope kuphwanyikaphwanyika – kuyipa nkhope ndi mtima omwe. Dikila Mphwanga ukakhala Nyapala ku Maula when this notorious DPP is kicked out of Government in 3 years time!
kabinikako
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People like Satana or whatever he calls himself….. are useless and not needed in a progressive society..uyu adakulila mubanja la umbombo ufiti nsanje banja lozikonda losapemphera…..if he goes to church angosiya or alape ……he is indeed Satan in whatever he says.

AM
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Tiyenazoni

Bwande
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Also NACGATE AT MIN OF LOCAL GOVT, MERCY IS ABLE WRITING A PROPOSAL OF AN ACTIVITY WITH 20 PEOPLE ONLY TO FIND THAT ITS ONLY HER AND A FEW PEOPLE AROUND HER WHO GETS THE MONEY. AS AM WRITING SHE WAS IN BLANTYRE WITH HER TEAM DOING A SAME JOB, THE JUNIORS GOT 5NIGHTS WHILE HER AND THE OTHER THIEVES GOT 13NIGHTS. IF NAC IS READING THIS PLIZ SEND YOUR AUDITORS IMMEDIATELY

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