Malawi Law Society censures Chaponda on regionalism remarks

Malawi Law Society of Malawi (MLS) has sharply criticised embattled Agriculture minister George Chaponda for his regionalism and tribalistic remarks over his maizegate scandal.

Chaponda: playing regionalism and ethnic card as desperate means to salvage his image

In a statement, the MLS secretary general Khumbo Soko warns Chaponda against dragging regionalism and tribalism into the maizegate saga.

“These remarks are divisive,” says Soko.

Chaponda told the parliamentary inquiry on maizegate that he was a target on maizegate because he was from the south.

The Agriculture minister also wondered on Capital FM radio recently why his cabinet colleague, Finance minister Goodall Gondwe was not a target yet he was involved in the procurement of the maize from Zambia.

But the MLS says such remarks have potential to divide the country further.

Gondwe says his involvement in the procurement of the maize was minimal as it was through the Reserve Bank of Malawi which provided Letters of Credit to Admarc to enable the state grain dealers buy the Zambia maize.

However, the presidential commission of inquiry on maizegate and the parliamentary joint Committee on maizegate found the conduct of Chaponda in his dealings with Transglobe most inappropriate, suspicious and raising issues of corrupt practices.

Meanwhile, the ministry of Agriculture is calling on staff to return to work at the ministry headquarters at Capital Hill on Monday.

The ministry, in a paid press release aired on radios, says electricity has now been restored at their offices.

This follows a raging fire which destroyed the offices of Chaponda, his secretary and ministry of Agriculture secretary Erica Maganga leaving other offices in the dark without electricity.

Some sections of society described the fire as an act of arson attack to conceal evidence in the maizegate saga as the Anti Corruption Bureau is moving in to investigate the minister further.

However Chaponda has denied this, saying if he would have concealed evidence when the two inquiries were investigating him.

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PHRONESIS D
Guest

Tribalism has a negative impact on the nation as a whole, if you simply support someone because they come from your area rather than on policies and principles then there is a serious problem. If Gondwe is at fault let him be brought to book, PERIOD.

Yakobo
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Chapondayu si uja ananena kuti akumpoto u Pulezidenti sadzaulawa. Kumufunsa anakana kwa mtu wa galu kuti sananene zimenezo. Nanga leri siizinso

Thako la Nkhuku
Guest

The Malawi Law Society should be the last to censure others! In fact it is so rotten it should not be given a platform to be censuring others when it has never censured its wayward, fornicating, thieving, murdering, adultering, dull and stupid members!

JBC Atate
Guest

Hon. Chaponda may have a case to answer due to the role he played in maize procurement. However, there is also some sense in Chaponda’s sentiments that there are regionalist/tribalistic elements or partisan politics in this. We have tractorgate which involved politicians and government officials from all parties and regions. Why are the CSOs quiet on this??? This is utter hypocrisy.

Truth
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Actually DPP knows that they are madeya that’s why they are using tribal lines to stay in power. No sensible person can vote for these fools to govern this country except for their own illiterate masses. They have nothing to offer to this country. Kamuzu used to Say there is no Yao no lomwe no Nyachusa!! He built this country as one Malawi. U DPP fools u brought tribal groupings Mulakho and now u are crying. Mind you Chidanti is not a northerner accept that you are hard core criminals Zimbava inu!!!!!!!

Mmihavani
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Khumbo don’t think we are stupid we can’t see. Ntundu wa atumbuka is the most evil tribalistic in this country, from time immemorial. God knows who you are and that’s why He can’t let any of you become president. You are famous with your word “wakwithu” which you use to commit your tribalistic acts. You know how your hero Chihana lost the plot? His first shadow cabinet was full of mbwenumbwenus and that’s why people rejected him. Once one of you is at the helm of any institution the rest of employees will be mbwenumbwenus. Look at Northern Region Waterboard,… Read more »
sammy
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The statement of this maizegate man regarding regions on this open issue is very shameful,it is true that a thief will never feel guilty conscious on any wrong doings. Chaponda is too corrupt n a big thief,look how he has managed to convice some stupid pple to put his office on fire in order to destroy evidence. It is now our humble prayer to ACB to probe him so that he shld face the law as was the case with the then min.of education mr Sam mpasu on field york case.

Atcheya
Guest

MLS, this press release could have best been issued by the president or vice secretary, r anyone else. This Soko guy has been listed as a consultant to the parliamentary inquiry in its report, which shows a clear case of conflict of interest!! By this, I don’t mean to say that the substance of the press release is irrelevant. But coming from someone who benefitted from the inquiry, it becomes problematic

JOHN
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CHAPONDA SHOULD NOT HIDE BEHIND REGIONALISM. IS HE THE ONLY MINISTER FROM THE SOUTH IN THE WHOLE CABINET? TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, CHAPONDA IS A THIEF. FULL STOP!

LET HIM FACE THE MUSIC

komko
Guest

Chaponda has case to answer. It’s not because he comes from the south but his conduct.

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