MCP, PP accuse Mutharika of shielding ‘maize-gate’ suspects

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Malawi’s two main opposition political parties,the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the Peoples Party (PP) have on Saturday rubbished the recent President Peter Mutharika’s remarks of waiting for concrete evidence to suspend or fire Agriculture Minister George Chaponda and ADMARC boss Foster Mulumbe over the Zambia maize-gate scandal calling Mutharika’s move as a veiled act intended to shield the suspects.

On Friday,during the swearing in of some government senior officials and maize-gate commissioners, Mutharika said he will not act on the maize-gate suspects without concrete evidence.

“As the country’s President, I am not allowed to act on speculation alone but act based on concrete evidence,” said Mutharika.

George Chaponda

Chaponda (left) has Mutharika’s (C) backing.

He then asked Malawians to be calm until 31 January, 2017 when the commissioners will bring their findings.

However, opposition parties MCP and PP said Mutharika’s remarks openly shows that he is shielding the suspects. PP spokesperson Nowell Chimpeni expressed worry if the established commission will yield any tangible fruits.

“Some of the commissioners are civil servants, and one wonders if these people can be objective enough as to be able to investigate without fear or favor a Minister or their fellow senior civil servants?,” wondered Chimpeni.

He added: “We always hear some of the suspects distancing themselves from the allegation in the media despite the matter being under investigation. In other words, they are indirectly telling the commission that they are innocent and should not waste their time.”

In her remarks, Jessie Kabwira from the main opposition MCP reminded President Mutharika that suspending the maize-gate suspects does mean that they will not return back to their respective works but just temporary to pave way for the investigation.

“It just the same as not establishing the commission of inquiry because the investigation will not be conducted fairly,” said Kabwira.

Some 18 Civil Society Organizations in the country also penned President Mutharika to suspend Chaponda and Mulumbe in order to let the commissioners conduct their investigation in free and fair manner.

The CSOs further demanded for the inclusiveness in the commission while asking the ADMARC boss to vacate the court injunction he took against the Times Group media house restricting it from carrying maize- gate stories.

Leader for the commission former Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa asked Malawians to trust them.

Chaponda however vehemently refuses to step down insisting that he is innocent.

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  1. Koma munthu wamkulu ngati amene uja nkhope yonyasa ngati ija azibaso chonchi ndithu ine zandinyasa bola azibako ndi ma handsome ngati saulosi or chalamanda koma osati galu uyu

  2. Remember he is one of the seven cabinet ministers akutchulidwa ndi cashgate but nothing happened and now he masterminder of maize gate nothing is happening again,kodi mukufuna tiyendeso mu misewu tili maliseche kuti mudziwe kuti zikutinyansa???? Nanga ufulu wathu mwautaya kuti, come 2019 Malawians will talk…

  3. MCP,PP,AFORD ndizipani zonse zotsutsa musalore zomwe bwampiniyu akuyankhula,iyeyo akululimba mtima ndichani posafuna kumva maganizo aaMALAWI ndipo akukakamira zapa 31 chifukwa chani? Akukaniranji kumchotsa munthuyo pampando? Ndine mmodzi mwaanthu wonyasidwa ndizomwe akuchita mtsogoleriyu,zoti aMALAWI akufa ndinjala Peteryo sakudziwa

  4. Peter, you can’t hang you home boys no matter what wrong they have done. I doubt very much! That is the problem of filling all positions everywhere with your home boys because you shall heavily Compromise your Integrity! Hmm you don’t earn respect anymore from wise people. Get this right!

  5. Pasavute Iwe Peter Ndiso Chaponda Mungotipha Tonse Amalawife Mutsalemo Nokha Ndi Azikazi Anu Ana Anu Aphwanu Ndi Abakha Anu Kuti Musangalare Kwambiri Chifukwa Zikuonetsa Kuti Mulibenafe Ntchito Amalawife Nanga Tatsala Patiso Apa???

  6. Kodi malamulo adziko lino amati chiyani ngati nduna kapena wachikulire akukhudzidwa ndi katangale?? Kapena palibe lamulo lilironse kwa anthu ngati amenewaa?

  7. Malawians, keep on recording n studying their behaviours.2019,will b the same pple asking 4 ur votes. Remember they say 12.5pin/bag of maize z on subsidy,so,without subsidy,hw much z that bag?

  8. We should go back to colonial rule cause matchonawa alive nzelu zoti angathandize chomwe akudziwa ndi papsa tong’ola basis,,,,,,

  9. Mmmm!! Komatu anthu inu ndinu afiti sure tayendani m’midzimu muone m’mene anthu anu amene anakuvoterani m’mene akuvutikira sure sure mmmmm!! Chitani manyanzi Komatu kunjatu ok!! Kunalitu anzanu amene anachuka ndi kuba ndalama zaboma koma lero kulibe kumalawi kuno ali kunja akusowa ntendere dziko lokala lawo
    Ukuopa kubwera pa nyasalande bwinotu bwi

  10. What job??? Why we need job. We ( Humans) just need to produce safe food, gather safe and pure drinking water and stop polluting the air. What is the use of governments and technology if we don’t get this simple things done. There is enough resources on this planet for everyone’s needs. Its the Human greed which appears due to fear which is cause of all problems. We need resource based economy and not this evil monetary system. Time to wake up from dream humans. The planet isn’t gng anywhere but we are……

  11. i feel this was the best time for the president to show his muscles and act in a more dictatorial way simply to show and send a warning to the whole nation how serious he is against corruption. malawians don’t need soft heartedness at times.

  12. First u have to tell us what r the measures u wana use to loot out corruption if we elect u ,bcoz this current government is insulting us as voters chaponda was supposed to be fired long time ago but he is still stealing & the so called our leader is wasting more of our money by establishing nonsense commission of eqly,this is just the way of shielding corrupt ministers

  13. Eish shame amalawi tizafwa ndi usiwa atsongoleri athu kudziunjikira zabwino Iwo wokha kuyiwala omwe anawasankha god bless them

  14. TO The Stupid Officials
    Anthu kumangoba basi… Stupid officials. And from now I don’t trust every single Malawian in the government. Black people we are full of evil. Selfshness all over. It’s better we should have whites in the ministry of each and every department. White people are very committed to their duties. And they aim at development not these trush things we hear Time and Time in Malawi. It was better to be under colonialism not this what u call as a democratic government. Where is democracy now??? For how long will government use its pple in Malawi? Shame. Shame shame from the top up to urs last junior officials.

    • thats exactly what i think we have failed to develop our country miserably. we blacks we act as if we came of chimpazi. selfishness imativuta heavy. lets go back to colonial times azungu can develop malawi better than ourselves cause we think like cockroaches. look at countries mmene muli azungu ambiri like rsa they are better off. mbava zokhazokha basi m boma kuba basi we cant trust anyone at all.

  15. A Malawi timaomberadi mmanja zilizonse cos apa zafikapa it’s not a party concern but a national issue. Corruption is derailing developing and depriving the rights of the poor. It’s not government money but our money

  16. Zitsiru zinanso ndizimenezi zonse ndizoti zalamulapo kale dziko lomwelino, panthawi yomwe mumalamula nanunso mumaba zakulira kwa anthu samamva analibe nazo ntchito. Ndiye lero popeza akuyendetsa ena bus, ndiye aziopa kugwa chifukwa choti watenga driver wina? Musiyeni nayenso ndinthawi yake, inu mupitilizebe kulira choncho mukachitanso masewera 2019 chanunso palibenso.

    • K(kkkkkk Malawi sangatukuke ngati tilora umbava m boma . Tiyenera kutsekula maso posatengera chipani kapena name kuti yense wakusakaza zinthu zaboma alangidwe . Dzikoli silingatukuke ngati titenga maganizo akuti ndi nthawi yawo angathe kumaba. No if I were Muthalika I could arrest all thieves chifukwa akuonongetsa mbiri ya chipani cha dpp .

    • Malaw Sadzatukuka Tikakhala Ndimaganizo Opusa Ngat Amenewa Man Iyi Sinkhan Yachpan Km Yadziko, Mwna Ndwe Wantcht Wawo Ukuopa Kt Akamunanga Usowa Kolowera,mmene Anthu Akuvutikiram Wina Mkumakhalira Kumbuyo Mbava,shame On U Mr.

    • Akulu Ziyankhulani Ngati Ndinu Mzika Ya Dziko Lino Moti Ndizabwino Zimene Akupanga Apresident Wa Ndi Azawowa Kumangoba Ndalama Za Misonkho Ya Amalawi?

  17. Let the enquiry bring the report than just living on mere things for sometimes it’s necessary to have the truth than just commenting on things with little information.

  18. Basi dziko la Malawi tizingotchuka ndi kusakaza chuma cha boma basi ndikumanena kuti boma lilibe ndalama mutangodzaza mmatumba anuwo?God is watching n soon or leta u will b punished n muzakhala moyo othawathawa ngati Kaini Wina Ndiuyo akukhalira kuthawa dziko lokhala lakeyo.

  19. Being with muthalika as president is same as being screwed without getting orgasm for the next two years, what misery to accommodate this dude

  20. Chaponda ayenera kuchosedwa posata chilungamo,komanso inu a Pp mukhale chete tikumufunanso Hule wanu uja amene sanafune kuonesedwa zabwino.Chimene anaziwa iye kuononga ndalama zankhani nkhani.Chaponda komanso Hule wamkulu Joice ndiye mbamva kuno ku Malawi.

  21. Suspects can as well be paid if not properly handled,proper investigation can defend the the little in our stock to buy other essentials rather than paying off the so called offended

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