Opposition hail ‘too late’ firing of Chaponda as Malawi Agriculture Minister over corruption

Malawi opposition has welcomed the sacking of  embattled Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda just a day after his house was raided by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the ongoing maizegate corruption investigations.

Ezekiel Ching’oma: Too late

Chaponda and a privately owned company Transglobe have been implicated in maize procurement scam by presidential commission of inquiry and a special Parliamentary Committee on the maize saga. The commission of inquiry recommended that ACB should investigate the two.

Presidennt Peter Mutharika on Wednesday conceded and took heed of the public outcry and relieved Chaponda of his duties as minister pending the outcome of ACB’s investigations.

On Tuesday the anti-graft body seized cash between US$58,000 and MK127 million that was found stashed in suitcases in the Chaponda’s official house in Lilongwe.

In separate interviews with Nyasa Times opposition political parties welcomed the sacking of   Chaponda and called for more shake up within cabinet.

“All along that’s what the opposition, led by Dr. Lazarous  Chakwera, has been agitating for. We recommend the President for implementing this idea albeit too late,” said Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson, Ezekiel Ching’oma.

Ching’oma has since demanded Mutharika to be clear on Chaponda’s dismissal, arguing “As the atmosphere is in the country, at the moment, it is very incomplete and not fair in the face of citizens, just to say Chaponda has been fired without telling the nation as to why it is so.”

Umodzi Party (UP) president John Chisi also commended Mutharika for listening to Malawians’ outcry over Chaponda, saying finally the nation has got what it deserved from its leader.

“When a country is united it gets what it wants. We should thank the President for listening to Malawians. It demonstrates what we all want, a country which is free of corruption and is run on principles of good governance,” said Chisi.

And Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director and human rights activist, John Kapito noted that Chaponda’s firing was long overdue, adding the corruption allegations have ruined Chaponda’s integrity.

Kapito, whose organization was first to fault Chaponda on maizegate saga, said: “Honorable Chaponda should have resigned or fired long time ago and we wondered why Chaponda was still maintained as a cabinet minister for this long however his overstay has ruined his credibility and integrity as a person that can be trusted.”

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Okonda malawi
7 years ago

Dzanja lalemba
Ukakwera pansana pa njobvu usamati kunja kulibe mame
Higher places are always slippery
Tone momwe zithere life athu ndi maso

7 years ago

firing chaponda is not enough. he is still enjoying our tax money. he must go to jail

Apao Kugola
Apao Kugola
7 years ago

Kapito cannot be trusted. How can he wag his tongue like this now? The CAMA chief must be stupid for trying to embarrass the Parliamentary committee when he was called to tell his side of the story. The Malawi of Today does not need such foolish leaders who keep changing sides depending on where the political wind blows. We need patriots, who can defend their truth. Shut up Kapito, musatinyansepo apa.

Yahya Jammeh
7 years ago

John Kapito akunena chani? Is he not the one who said his research found nothing wrong with Chaponda? I urge ACB to also investigate him to find out how much he got to come up with fictitiouis results of his so called investigation – stupid!

Maso Mwamba
Maso Mwamba
7 years ago
Reply to  Yahya Jammeh

I guess Mr. Yahya did not read CAMA’s research study report. i ask you to read this story and ask yourself if indeed Kapito said what you just wrote. http://www.nyasatimes.com/cama-says-chaponda-implicated-malawi-maize-purchase-demands-explanation-kapito-tenders-objective-evidence/

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