Zambia opposition applauds Malawi maizegate findings

Zambia’s opposition political party United Progressive People (UPP) has applauded the findings of the Malawi’s presidential commission of inquiry on Zambia maize procurement saga which faulted Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda of suspicious corrupt practices.

Saviour Chishimba: Commission’s findinfs confirmed reports of corruption. -Photo by Lusaka Times

The commission on Saturday presented its finding to President Peter Mutharika calling for Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate Chaponda and a privately owned company Transglobe apart from noting  that procedures were flouted, ministry of Justice officials were completely left out whilst Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials were reckless in the whole maize procurement process.

In statement issued on Sunday and signed by UPP president, Saviour Chishimba firstly exposed the maize saga, the party faulted Zambian government for playing part in the maize deal.

“We in the United Progressive People (UPP) are pleased to note that the Commission of Inquiry into the Zambia-Malawi maize exportation saga presented its report to His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi yesterday (Saturday) and all that we said from the very beginning has turned out to be accurate,” reads the statement in part.

Chishimba said the commissions’ findings confirmed earlier reports of corruption between Malawi and Zambia governments’ officials.

He has since called for Zambian government and President Edgar Lungu to take action on the issue including investigating his minister, Dora Siliya.

“Our evidence and the report of the Commission show that our own government was directly involved in the illegal contract with Transglobe and the subsequent issuance of an export permit. The meetings between Hon. Chaponda and President Edgar C. Lungu were meant to seal all these corrupt dealings from the Zambian side. The broker Zambian company Zdenakie Commodities Ltd must also be investigated,” argued Chishimba.

“It takes two to tangle. The Minister of Agriculture in Malawi did only have direct dealings with President Edgar C. Lungu, but also with Hon. Dora Siliya the Minister of Agriculture. The report confirms what we have been saying that the new contract between ZCF and Transglobe was not only forged and backdated, but also fraudulent.

“We are fully aware of all the attempts to cover up the mess ever since we made the saga public, but it’s too late because we had gathered enough documentary and audio evidence on all the dealings before alerting the people of Zambia in 2016.”

The commission of inquiry led by retired Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa while confirming Nyasa Times’ earlier reports that money did not exchange hands in the maize deal, has found Chaponda and Transglobe of suspicious corrupt practices on the procurement of the maize from Zambia.

Meanwhile, Malawians have called on Mutharika to fire Chaponda despite his insistence that his right-hand man cleared of any wrong doing in the deal before he is legally cleared.

Mutharika has since reinstated  Chaponda as Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly despite the corruption allegations and before Parliamentary committee makes its findings on the maize saga public.

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8 thoughts on “Zambia opposition applauds Malawi maizegate findings”

  1. Vwivwilinya says:

    That’s Malawi full of nasty politicians we Malawians are fed up of them. How I wish God brings down fire and burn them to ashes. These people without umunthu. Chaponda has to tell his fellow old jaguar the so called APM kuti akula even if you steal those monies but your days are numbered ati adye ndi azungu in those country where you open your secret accounts coz they will end up being frozen. Dzimvereni chisoni umunthu uzikupezani. Do you think God can be delighted with those nasty tactics you’re doing Amalawi onse azikudandaulani inu mano nyinduuuu! Mudziganizire ife tikuvutika chifukwa chainu mwamva. Ndakwiyaaa! Forsake!

  2. Mgoloso says:

    Empty buckets make a lot of noise – we are more than ready for 2019 elections. Continue shooting yourselves on the foot coz you are doing us good

  3. GONANI says:

    Koma Chapondayu, bwanji kodi! Zaumbuzi basi! He must be suspended!

  4. godfreyphiri says:

    Burning offices @capitalhill to hide information

  5. ine says:

    dpp govt=hell!!!aotchera dala

  6. Tione says:

    APM should also go as he could not listen to sensible advice, meaning he is part of the deal. He’s been clinging to Chaponda & did not relieve him of his duties for thorough investigation.Today, the Ministry of Agriculture has been set on fire to hide evidence DPP, the party of crooks & thieves from APM down!

  7. Yahya Jammeh says:

    Ndiye kupusako. You don’t re-sinstate somebody who is yet to be investigated for suspected wrong doing. Akudyera limodzi.

  8. Nyopex says:

    Shit president of ours.

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