Noose tightens on Chaponda’s neck: his information on Zambia trips is incoherent

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Malawi minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development George Chaponda  has been reported to have lied about trips to Zambia where he facilitated the procurement of maize.

Chaponda who now faces calls to resign as minister following reports of dubious transactions made in the purchase of maize disclosed that his involvement in procurement of maize was minimal but according to President Peter Mutharika the minister was a big part of the deal.

George Chaponda

Chaponda: Clears his name in a press statement.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Chaponda disclosed that that he visited Zambia twice for the purchase of staple grains.

“On 18th May, 2016, I led a three man delegation to the Republic of Zambia where I held a meeting with my counterpart, the Minister of Agriculture who gave us an approval to buy at least 100,000 MT of maize against our planned 300,000 MT. I came back to Malawi on 19th May, 2016 and I left the team to contact the relevant suppliers. Upon return to Malawi, the team informed my office that the trip was futile as they had identified only one supplier whose price was exorbitant, at USD395/tonne. As such, no agreement was made”

“On 11th December, 2016, as a special Envoy of the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, I led a delegation to meet the President of Republic of Zambia on the export of maize to Malawi due to the fact that, a contract was already signed between the ZCF and ADMARC.

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“I arrived in the Republic of Zambia on the same day, met the President of the Republic of Zambia and thereafter attended a Press Briefing conducted by my counterpart, the Minister of Agriculture in Zambia during which she announced that the Government of Zambia had approved export of 100,000 MT of maize to Malawi. I came back from that trip on 12th December, 2016,” reads part of the statement.

However President Peter Mutharika is on record to have said that he talked to Chaponda on 21st October 2016 while he was in Zambia when he held a press briefing after United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2016.

“I just got a call from honourable Chaponda about 30 minutes ago that he has signed an agreement with the President of Zambia for 100,000 metric tonnes of maize just today,” said Mutharika at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe.

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  1. Because of corruption in maize purchase, they raised the price from K6,500 per 50kg bag to K12,500 . The reason is that they want to replace the money they have Stolen. If that maize was bought without Chaponda’s theft, we could be buying it at K6,500 per 50kg bag!!

  2. This chaponda started stealing long time ago but he has never been taken to court ,what r these NGOs doing ?,he stole billions of kwacha that was to go to MDF ,these guys r going to steal all our money & run to Europe ,God help us to remove these thieves

  3. Chomwe mmudziwenso. Amalawi anthu amene asakhidwawonso apasidwa kale ndalama ndi president Pitani wathu ndiye ife tikamalakhula ine ndikuona ngati tikuthaya nthawi pachembe tiye talimbikise Ana anthu sukullu kuti azakhale wakumba ndikulemba onsati matufinga Ali mtauniwa Chaponda bambo wake anamuuza kuti azzikamba

    • Big ngat mwanawanu mmamuuza kut nduwe mtsogoleli wamawa mukumupusitsa coz olamulila ndikuba ndalama zakumalawi adakwanila.muziona enawa mpaka mamina osaleka pamphuno koma ndale osasiya kut azikaweta nkhuku kumudz.zilikumalawi boma kukhala losauka kumalemela nd munthu payekha ayayayayayaya

  4. dats wat they wanted here in mw maize was plenty dat they cud bought bt stiling was their mission dats y they planed 2 buy maize abroad,remember the quiz NFR and ADMARC Depo they were even failed to pay money in time this was ur plan stupid gyz dnt lie to nation.KUMAYANG’ANA.COM

  5. dats wat they wanted here in mw maize was plenty dat they cud bought bt stiling was their mission dats y they planed 2 buy maize abroad,remember the quiz NFR and ADMARC Depo they were even failed to pay money in time this was ur plan stupid gyz dnt lie to nation.KUMAYANG’ANA.COM

  6. God z God of order! Pa Cash gate the President shielded him!
    Bt God wants to prove to the President that hz kpng mbava yoophya
    In his administration! Kamulepo Kalua wz right! That his man is a criminal!
    Big crook!
    Plz Mr President, for the sake of poor Malawian who voted u into that hight office!
    Fire that Idiot! His a big criminal more than Clive Macholowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. God z God of order! Pa Cash gate the President shielded him!
    Bt God wants to prove to the President that hz kpng mbava yoophya
    In his administration! Kamulepo Kalua wz right! That his man is a criminal!
    Big crook!
    Plz Mr President, for the sake of poor Malawian who voted u into that hight office!
    Fire that Idiot! His a big criminal more than Clive Macholowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No way, who can fire George? There is no one so to speak! Muthalika is just a figure head in dpp. It is George who founded Dpp, and Muthalika is doing Ganyu!

  8. George Chaponda must fired.Y this guy stll wrking while he stl our money?.he’s a sotsi from Muluzi’s Government.To sy the truth Our President must fire this Man.