Minister of Agriculture , Water and Irrigation, George Chaponda is furious with Malawi Ambassador to Brazil, Brian Bowler for his disparaging remarks against him over corruption allegations, saying the diplomat was courting real trouble from the “political bulldozer.”
Chaponda is the second powerful man in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after President Peter Mutharika, and also leader of government in parliament, has been implicated in the maize deal in Brazil and that the Mafia way of the purchase is tainted in Cashgate style.
Bowler in an interview with Nyasa Times said he did not know any deal but expressed reservations on the way Chaponda is handling the maize purchase in Brazil on tax funds and that he has no respect for him whatsoever.
Ambassador Bowler further commented that he read that Judases have surrounded President Mutharika.
“The biggest Judas, in my opinion, is Chaponda and I don’t expect him to like me,” Bowler said. “The greatest fear is fear itself,” he added.
Chaponda, has had previous run ins with Ambassador Bowler in New York, when Bowler reported serious corruption involving peacekeeping funds to him and Chaponda failed to report this matter to the Anti Corruption Bureau.
Ambassador Bowler went on to report the corruption to the President and the ACB.
But as is the case with those in the corridors of power, there was inaction from the graft-busting body.
Ambassador Bowler urged all civil servants to serve President Mutharika and the people of Malawi faithfull,saying people should emulate the President’s zero-tolerance stand on corruption for the country to move forward.
But Chaponda who wants to succeed Mutharika for presidency is warning Bowler or thats on his way to suffocate his ambitions to be the next Head of State that he will not tolerate nonsense.
Chaponda is warning Bowler that he is “courting real trouble” from him as he touts himself to be the political bulldozer.
The minister brags that he knows how to deal with his “enemies”.
However, the dossier of corruption allegations being complied on the minister is getting too comprehensive.
In parliament, he was also named as one of the seven minister fingered in the grand corruption report.
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