Foreign Minister George Chaponda has directed his ministry to facilitate that his nephew-in-law Ed Matiya should “proceed as soon as possible” to take up the post of deputy ambassador to the newly established foreign embassy in Geneva.
He was working for Tobacco Control Commission as Head of Finance and married the daughter of Chaponda’s sister. In respect, he is Chaponda’s Nephew-in-Law and indeed a family Diplomatic appointment.
Matiya will be deputising former Director of Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC) Robert Salama who is the ambassador and yet to take his post.
Writing on a memo dated February 4, 2016 by principal secretary in the ministry, Daliso Kabambe, the Minister inked his note that Matiya should “proceed” to go to Geneva “as soon as possible”.
Though Chaponda wants Matiya move to Geneva should be fast-tracked, there are about 35 diplomats on recall in different Malawi missions who are failing to return due to government’s cash-strapped position.
Most Malawi diplomatic missions have not received Other Recurrent Transfers for three months and they cannot afford to pay bills even have services cut off.
Meeanwhile another Matiya is in news for being off the hook after helping Chaponda.
Golden Grant Matayi, former head of Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) lost his job at MHC when he was implicated in the house scam where the corporation’s houses were allegedly sold at below market value that also involved top government officials including Chaponda as well as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials.
He was answering two charges of abuse of office as he also bought a house at K2.6 million after getting a discount of about 33 % but did not declare interest as stipulated in MHC corruption prevention policy.
Mayita was discharged by the court after the graft bursting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), did not seek consent from the Director of Public Prosecution to prosecute him as recommend by law.
However, press reports this week indicates that David Bandawe who lead the prosecuting team in the housing scam accused ACB Director General, Lucas Kondowe, of ‘influencing’ the second dismissal of a case for his inaction.
“Since the last adjournment [of this case], there has been change of headship at ACB. The new Director General asked for a list of high-profile cases to be given to him to review and determine the way forward for each case,” Bandawe is quoted in the court document during a court hearing on February 2, 2016 when he told Chief Resident Magistrate, Thomson Ligowe, in Blantyre.
He added: “As counsel handling this matter, I filed the list. I have not had feedback from him on the way forward. Normally, since any prosecution by ACB is done on behalf of the Director General, it is increasingly difficult for me to proceed until the Director General advises the best way forward.”
The prosecution of MHC officials by ACB was regarded by many Malawians as a ‘missed link’ arguing that the anti-graft body would have instead wasted its energy and resources on bringing to book the ‘big fish’ in this case the senior DPP gurus that were implicated in the scam than going after Matiya and his deputy.
Matiya was arrested together with former MHC’s Assistant General Manager (Technical) Floyd Mondiwa and Nyasa Times understands that Mondiwa’s case is still in court because the two accomplices were being prosecuted separately.
According to his CV, Matiya is a graduate of the University of Malawi in 1979 and holder of an MBA from De Montfort University, Leicester in England.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :