Opposition wants Mutharika to discipline Chaponda for defying Malawi court order

Opposition wants an explanation if indeed President Peter Mutharika approved Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda, who is currently on forced leave of office following an injunction granted by the High Court restraining him from performing official duties, to travel to  Germany on official duties.

President Peter Mutharika urged to discipline his right hand man Chaponda

Chaponda  sneaked out to Germany on Thursday and German Ambassador Jurgen Borsch confirmed that Chaponda had had a long-standing invitation from the German Government through the German Minister of Agriculture in December last year for a conference in Germany.

The trip could be in direct contravention of the High Court order granted by Justice John Chirwa restraining him from carrying out his duties until findings of a commission of inquiry into the controversial purchase of maize from Zambia are concluded.

Leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera has said they would want to establish if indeed President Mutharika approved Chakwera to disregard the court order.

“If certain people are not answerable to the law, then the whole issue of accountability is brought into question. No one is above the law and as leaders we should not encourage impunity as well as lawlessness,” said Chakwera.

Principal Secretary for Agriculture Erica Maganga confirmed Chaponda’s trip to Germany at Parliament Building in Lilongwe.

She admitted to have approved and facilitated the trip but said Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) were better placed to comment on the approval to travel.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) honorary secretary Khumbo Soko said if proved that Chaponda is on official duties, then the minister is guilty of contempt of court.

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Miracle
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Malawi as a country is dead. Too much talking as citizens. You need to match and show your dissapointed with Muntharika. Politicians will still take us for the ride…Chaponda enjoy your K10billion we will be crying like dogs till then.

The Partriot
Guest

No one is above the Law…..mulandu suwola tsiku lina mbalame iliyonse imadzatela!!

santana
Guest

In the first place the injunction was not supposed to be there because of many weak-links. So Chaponda and his boss know that there is no injunction at all. It was just a stoppage for no reason. So the man should continue working for Malawians.

Imagine
Guest

May I ask all the plaintiffs in this debate to go to court for alleged contempt of court so that the debate should start. Don’t ask the President to act on chaponda but go to courts. Wishing you goodlack

Joseph Banda
Guest

I THINK THE OPPOSITION SHOULD SHUT UP!!! WHY NOT WASTE TIME
INSPECTING GARDENS OF THEIR SUBJECTS so that we do not have to buy
maize from outside? Why do you act as the President is a baby that want
to be told how to do things? Commission of inquiries, we were not consulted!
But under which provision of the constitution. PAC abwebweta zawo.
WORLD BANK WANTS TO RESUME AID. ZIIIIIIII. KODI NDI MFITI?

petermustfall
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It doesn’t Matter which district whether, Blantyre , Lilongwe or mzuzu, lamulo ndi lamulo…period

petermustfall
Guest

Well, its the president who approved the trip, so if its to blame, Blame the President, He is testing the waters. Onse ndima lawyer, akuwadziwa malamulo.

Nyekhu
Guest

Chakwera is a dunderhead. This is clear contempt of court. CSOs go to to court and process contempt of court. Straightforward

Vin Mongu
Guest

exactly!!

Karonga
Guest

Whether Mzuzu, Lilongwe or Blantyre, they are all High Courts. What is it that The Mzuzu High Court doesn’t have which are at Lilongwe and Blantyre High Courts? They have the same mandates and doesn’t matter where one obtains the justice! I see no argument in your post “Imagine” because laws are made for people to abide by. That is the reason why we have courts and prisons. Ophwanya malamulo aweruzidwe ndipo akapezeka olakwa amangidwe akagwire ukayidi. So, no person is above the law! Period.

Eduardo
Guest

Great exposition! The usual judge shopping. Solicitor General, Janet Banda also posted on his facebook page similar arguments like yours bwana Imagine. APM has done it deliberately to allow Chaponda to go to Germany so that the debate can continue. Remember that APM is a Law Professor and he knows our Constitution inside and how having participated in the framing of the same.

Vin Mongu
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inu a eduardo! APM is not debating infact he is silly to test waters in law. they tested waters with the injunction and lost and now they are trying another one and they will lose and they have lost a promising candidtate now with stupidity. its like a child playing with fire thinking that his hand will not get burnt fire burns and chaponda is scorched now. actually chaponda is finished. stupid law scholars including janet banda who do not know why courts are there. this is not academic exercise its reality leave academics to chanco. thats why real lawyers… Read more »
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