Three ministers to testify in Chaponda’s corruption case:Dausi, Goodall, Mussa

Three senior Cabinet Ministers are amongst 22 witnesses to be paraded in court in the  corruption case of  former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda and two others in the case relating to the Zambian maize import transactions.

Dausi: I wouldn’t know why Chaponda had ‘bank Nkhonde’

Chaponda: Accused of corruption

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  disclosed it has lined up 22  to testify as prosecution witnesses.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who is also the official government spokesperson, will testify alongside Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe as Henry Mussa the Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism are amongst the witnesses who  have recorded statements.

In a statement of disclosure which ACB has served the defence lawyers, Finance Minister Gondwe has recorded to testify that he told Chaponda that the importation of maize from Zambia at $450 per tonne  was “unprocedural”.

Gondwe  also directed that “all the public procurement requirements as stipulated by the Public Procurement Act and the Office of the Director of public Procurement would have to be met.”

On the money which law enforcers found in Chaponda’s bedroom hidden in suitcases, the Finance Minister stated: “I do not know what the money was for and where it came from.”

Dausi and Mussa’s recorded statements  also comments on the suitcases of bank notes in different currencies found in Chaponda’s house.

“I wouldn’t know why Dr Chaponda would have money in his house and what it was for,” a statement from Dausi reads in part.

Chaponda and his alleged accomplices—Rashid Tayub, director of Transglobe Produce Export Limited and Grace Mijiga-Mhango, a businessperson and chairperson of the Grain Traders and Processors Association of Malawi (GTPA)—were arrested by ACB last month for their alleged roles in the dubious purchase of maize from Zambia.

The former Cabinet minister, who is also vice-president for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) responsible for Southern Region and member of Parliament (MP) Mulanje South West Constituency, was charged with two criminal counts of misusing public office and possession of foreign currency without the lawful justification.

On the other hand, Tayub and Mijiga-Mhango were charged with offences of influencing a public officer to misuse public office and forgery, respectively. All the three pleaded not guilty.

Mzuzu-based political analyst Charles Kajoloweka, who has been one of the vocal citizens against Chaponda in the Zambia maize imports saga, said politically the arrest “becomes an indelible stamp of corruption on the DPP as a party”.

Kajoloweka, who is the executive director of Youth and Society (YAS), saidit is up to the governing party to “redeem itself from this indelible mark of corruption.”

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Hatton
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ADMARC Board Chairperson should also explain his relationship with P.T Makoni and his Chirupula Investment and their attempt to force ADMARC to buy maize from the crooked supply.

James Chimombo
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Malawi will not prosper if the corruption of this kind continues.Let us be transparent and accountable so that our country’s economy can be like that of Zambia.

Nabetha
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We have dealt with George Kachimanga, he will never rise again. Our next task is Dausi. Chilima, please watch your steps because you won’t be spared either.

Follower
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Galu saluma mbuyache eh! In no way can Dauchi, Muzza and Gondwa testify against Chaponda.
Especially the trio know that once Late Bingu said ” If you live in a glass house don’t throw stones”.
Muzza Dauchi and Gondwa know that Chaponda was/is a fellow member of midnight six, Muzza headed a ministry that oversaw the erection on Parliament and memorial tower at Area 18.

Mutchukendinu
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Abale, did Dausi mention the words “bank nkhonde”? I don’t think he could use those derogatory words on this issue.

mxolisi ngalo
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who doesnt know that the monies found in chaponda’s house belonged to diphiphi’s thieving machinery????

burton
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Kupukuta mfuti nkhondo ili nkati

Damiano
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DPP siidzamva mwaona kuti mavoti ayandikila ndemukufuna kuti mukonze image yanu, koma its too late, MCP woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chimanga
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Chipasuspasu cha angoni ku matengo……zilipo

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