Parliamentary inquiry reschedules meeting with Chaponda  

A parliamentary inquiry on maizegate has set another hearing with embattled Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda.

Chaponda: Has disrespected court order

Officials from the inquiry said the inquiry extended its hearing after the request from Chaponda who failed to turn up on Friday.

He claimed the invitation to appear before the inquiry reached him when he was in Blantyre and could not make it to Blantyre.

The decision to call Chaponda to appear before the inquiry comes at a time some sections of society have expressed misgivings with the way the members of parliament are asking questions and handling those who appear before it.

They accuse Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua of sometimes being emotional and intimidating the guests.

The inquiry members are currently in Zambia where in the morning they met the Malawi High Commissioner to Zambia and in the afternoon met  officials from Zambia Coopeative  Federation, a state agency.

The MPs left on Sunday and are expected back in the country on Sunday.

Chaponda who is also Leader of Government in Parliament  maintains that he was not directly involved in the purchase of maize from Zambia.

He said his involvement was minimal as the main buyer of the maize was the Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) and not his ministry.

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