Transformation Alliance takes DPP to task: CSOs say Chaponda’s credibility damaged

A political movement Transformation Alliance (TA) has expressed shock with the suspicious fire that gutted down the office of the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development at the Capital Hill on Tuesday 14th February 2016.

Chimbanga: DPP is synonymous with fire and arson

The fire gutted the offices at the heat of the pending corruption investigation on the responsible Minister Dr. George Chaponda over the controversial maize deal.

A statement released by TA leader Moses Kunkuyu and spokesman Leonard Chimbanga on Wednesday 15th February states that the incident is ill-timed, not normal and believes it is a ploy by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“We refuse to believe that the fire is normal without any political attachment bent at sweeping under the carpet the much sought after truth on the maize saga. TA realizes the DPP administration’s capabilities in employing dirty undemocratic tactics to shield corrupt individuals even in this sensitive matter” reads part of the statement.

It adds: “We join those suspecting that this is a ploy to destroy crucial evidence not only to maizegate but also many other shoddy deals taking place in the government”.

It further blames President Arthur Peter Mutharika for carelessly presiding over the maizegate mess when it needed to act decisively and timely on the infamous Agriculture Minister embroiled in corupt acts.

“The President seemingly fearful approach in dealing with his arrogant minister reflects bad on his leadership and aspirations for the country”.

“TA sees a much bigger powerful hand in Honourable Chaponda’s unwarranted executive arrogance. It is clear that only the president understands better why the minister currently facing corruption investigations should should not be relieved of his duties to avoid potential interfearence” the statement reads.

According to TA, DPP is snonymous with fire and that Malawians know exactly what the administration is capable of of doing.

“Sad stories of fires are part of its silent manifestos  and come as no strange thing to us” reads the statement.

The statement gives an example of strange fires that burnt Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Warehouse at the peak of vote recounting in 2014, Escom Head Office, markets as well as torching of vehicles belonging to the DPP administration critics.

“These acts leave the majority suspecting that it is a tactic to hide the clandestane activities by those in rulling DPP. But its unfortunate for it defeats the reforms it shamelessly preaches about” indicated the statement.

Meanwhile, Transformation Alliance has asked President Mutharika to assure the nation that the fire incident will not affect investigations on the beleagured agriculture minister and that he should not be fooled by the ‘untouchable minister’.

“The president must realize that Honourable Chaponda’s continued presence in the service even when cleared by the Commission of Enquiry into the maize saga is recipe for disorder in both the government and the rulling DPP”.

“Failure to strongly act on all the suspicious activities surrounding the Minister of Agriculture leaves us with more grounds to believe a bigger hand is partaking in corrupt spoils not only from the maizegate but many that ordinary citizens can’t reach” says the statement.

In conclusion, the statement warns President Mutharika not to be too clever ontop of 17 million plus Malawians and also to borrow the wisdom of the sailors in the holy scriptures.

Mranwhile, somer  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working under the banner of National Advocacy for Platform have President Peter Mutharika to immediately fire Agriculture Minister Chaponda saying his credibility is in question.

Group leader Benedicto Kondowe said they suspect that the fire at Chaponda’s office was a deliberate move to destroy the needed information on the Zambia maize-gate scam.

“We indeed want the President to at least hear us this time because we are now tired of hearing issues of maize-gate and the name of Chaponda in wrong-doing,” said Kondowe.

Kondowe wondered why this came at a time when the commission of inquiry in the maize-gate saga recommended the President to order the Ant Corruption Bureau to probe Chaponda.

“This can’t be a mere coincidence, there must be something that the minister is trying to shield,” he added.

Information minister Nicholas Dausi said government will issue a comment after investigations.

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7 years ago

Where is Kapito pls come out continue backing Chaponda,shame on u!

7 years ago

You could be right Santana but the same God may have decided to save Malawi through Chakwera. We don’t know God’s ways. Remember we are talking about post-1993 MCP. What I am saying is that we have had UDF, DPP, PP and then DPP again and the results are all there to see. Any level headed person will think twice before voting the above parties. Mind you, the same God could give Malawi a wise leader from the very same parties I am castigating. We do not know.

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7 years ago


What a miserable life it must be being used to defend the indefensible!

Let the consuming fire of the God Elijah consume every enemy power using my Pay as you Earn Tax in Jesus Name. Father God expose and destroy all those impoverishing Malawians through abuse of Office, fraud, oppressive leadership style and all sorts of greedy vices in Jesus Name. Deliver Malawi from the mouth of the jungle lion

7 years ago

The President was elected by Malawians not by a group of disgruntled CSOs. So if the president is to be measured let the people who elected have another say in 2019 not the short-cuts you want. There is no short-cuts in the journey to Sanjika. If that was so Kamlepo would be there by now. When you are talking negative things about the president you should not involve every Malawian as if you asked them before issuing your statements. There are people out there who are ready to vote for the party’s continuation in government yet you issue your statements… Read more »

7 years ago

In fact the mere fact that the president did not suspend Chaponda whilst the investigations were ongoing and that he has not acted swiftly to dismiss Chaponda following release of the results of a commission of enquiry raises serious questions on the president’s ability to exercise sound judgement and by extension his fitness to occupy the office of president.

7 years ago

These so-called Alliances and CSOs amaze and annoy me. They know what the problem is but instead waste time having meetings which have no positive outcomes. We know this DPP government is full of crooks, starting with it’s leader, just like PP and UDF have been. Now, instead of sensitising the Citizenry to change their mindset and vote differently, come May 2019, you waste time on issues you know very well APM will not act on. You can have your gatherings day and night but nothing tangible will be forthcoming. Most of you derive a lot of satisfaction from reading… Read more »

7 years ago

Anali limodzi ammanga bwa? Think you pple!

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