Malawi opposition questions President  Mutharika over Chaponda’s backing

The country’s two main opposition parties have questioned President Peter Mutharika’s move to have Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda reinstated as Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly amid corruption allegations as stated by instituted commission of inquiry.

Uladi:It is wrong to have corruption suspect as leader of the House

Mutharika’s instituted commission of inquiry on Zambia maize procurement saga led by retired Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa while confirming Nyasa Times’ earlier reports that money did not exchange hands in the maize deal, found Chaponda and a privately owned company Transglobe of suspicious corrupt practices on the maize procurement.

The commission recommended that the two should be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

However, Mutharika despite promising to take action on the commission’s findings, he is backing his right-hand man and potential successor to be reinstated as Leader of Government in Parliament, arguing Chaponda is cleared of any wrong doing since the findings revealed that no money exchanged hands.

Mutharika’s decision follows a two-and-half hours meeting he had with some of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top officials in the likes of Goodall Gondwe, Dr Hetherwick Ntaba, Chaponda himself, Bright Msaka, party secretary general, Grizeder Jeffrey as well as administrative secretary, Francis Mphepo among others at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday afternoon.

But in an interview with Nyasa Times two of the opposition parties in the country, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Peoples Party (PP) have wondered why Mutharika is defying his own commission of inquiry by backing Chaponda before he is legally cleared on the corruption allegations.

“The President is rushing on the issue. The commission of inquiry confirmed that there was intent of corruption. It is wrong for the President to propose such a thing and it undermines the commission of inquiry he set up,” explained Ezekiel Ching’oma MCP spokesperson.

Ching’oma, who is Lilongwe Rural East Parliamentarian ,said as a party MCP will meet on the issue of having Chaponda reinstated as Leader of Government in Parliament amid reports that some DPP Parliamentarians are planning to boycott Parliament meetings if Chaponda is reinstated.

And PP acting president, Uladi Mussa wondered why Mutharika could not wait until Chaponda is legally cleared on the leveled corruption allegations by both Parliament and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

“Apart from the presidential commission of inquiry, there is also Parliamentary Committee which is also probing the issue. It is therefore wrong to have him back as Leader of Government when Parliament has not tabled a report on the maize saga,” said Mussa.

Mussa said his party would not support Chaponda’s reinstatement and argued that Parliamentarians would feel uncomfortable discussing issues in the House including the maize saga when the minister is not legally cleared.

“It’s disturbing that the President is not finding anything wrong in how the minister handled the maize issue. It won’t be good to be discussing the issue while he is in the Parliament in no any other role but as Leader of Government.”

Mutharika is expected to write the Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya on Monday morning to reinstate Chaponda as Leader of House.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa has been acting as Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly until Chaponda was cleared on the maize saga.

Malawians are calling for Mutharika to fire Chaponda following the commission of inquiry’s findings and recommendations that the ACB should probe the minister and a privately owned company Transglobe of suspicious corrupt practices on the procurement of the maize from Zambia.

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chisoni wa chisoni
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Pitala afanso ndi cardiac arrest. Nthawi zake ndi zino. A Bingu anachitidwa ramson ndi amene amaba nawo ali mukatiulula ifenso tikuuluni kuti timabela limodzi ndiye iiii andiiulula cardiac arrest. Chaponda Chimanga who has started mentioning Goodall Gondwe it is the beginning of the revelation of the seven ministers involved in the cashgate and maizegate. If seven ministers were involved in the cashgatee Pitala was a minister, Chaponda chimanga was a minister, goodall gondwe was a minister, etc game is over. If Pitala is not involved then he should suspend Chaponda Chimanga for ACB to investigate properly. If Pitala does not… Read more »
Atcheya
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You honestly think whatever Chaponda was trying to do, he did it without the blessing of the president? This was an obvious attempt of getting kickbacks to finance the operations of the party. Typical of the Joyce Banda cashgate saga

Likongwe Ligomeka
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Malawi is being devoured at a very extreme rate through these so called gates.
Whilst the talk of the day is the Maize purchase scam, please also take a serious look at how the game was played by the same to arrive at the contractor for Lake Malawi Water Project.
This is too huge gate to imagine and endure.
FIND OUT CONCERNED CITIZEN!!!!!!

gadaffi
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now we shuld pray for GOD intervention so dat mbava izi zimwalire makamaka wa maizegate ndi nyapapi wake akumubisayo

Apao Kugola
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Achoke! Achoke! Peter Achoke! Achoke! Why should the nation of Malawi wait when we know that it is our president who is corrupt and a thief? Why ask too many questions over the behaviour of this president? It is obvious that the president is shielding Chaponda to avoid being smeared. Zija pa Chichewa timatin ‘matako apakana nsete’. Now apolisi akonzekere kuteteza anthu. Tikuvutikira limodzi. Imagine a police officer braving the rains standing on the road executing duties at the Road Blocks trying to serve a dead nation. Kwinakunso akufuna alandire kangachepe from mini drivers. Anthu abwino bwino kusanduka street beggars… Read more »
Kakucha
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The President and Chaponda Chimanga are clever fools! They knew that the findings by the Commission of Inquiry would implicate Chaponda Chimanga. As such, they started saying these inquiries are a waste of time and resources. Really? Now what are they saying that there are revelations by the president’s own Commission of Inquiry that Chaponda Chimanga intended to engage in corruption? Why is the president trying to shield wopondayu even when there are allegations his involvement into the issue was suspicious? Should Malawians conclude that the president and Chaponda Chimanga have been and are stealing together? Should we say that… Read more »
Kakucha
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The President and Chaponda Chimanga are clever fools! They knew that the findings by the Commission of Inquiry would implicate Chaponda Chimanga. As such, they started saying these inquiries are a waste of time and resources. Really? Now what are they saying that there are revelations by the president’s own Commission of Inquiry that Chaponda Chimanga intended to engage in corruption? Why is the president trying to shield wopondayu even when there are allegations his involvement into the issue was suspicious? Should Malawians conclude that the president and Chaponda Chimanga have been stealing together? Should we say that Mr. Chaponda… Read more »
Chaponda Mbala
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This thing of a President called Pita Wa Mathanyura,, kodi why is he afraid of Chaponda,,, koma umbava siwabwino ndithu

goliati
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This APM is indeed a clueless idiot. We now believe that he is the God Father of all state corrupt cases. He knows if he fires Chaponda he will open a can of worms. All the clandestine dealings involving the DPP gurus will come out in open. So he is sacrificing the our party’s integrity to save his individual embarrassment. This is not strange in Malawi where political parties are family properties. Look at the once mighty UDF, the makani akutha party. So this APM thing is collapsing this already impoverished nation single handedly. Do not be cheated that he… Read more »
Chimanga
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What do you expect of boma la mbava?……. I am sure Chaponda as Chief thief has been assigned something to steal from again… Sangamutaye

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