Umodzi, Cedep want Chaponda to step down

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One of the country’s opposition political parties, Umodzi, has called for the resignation of minister of agriculture, irrigation and water development George Chaponda over the maizegate saga.

This comes after the commission of inquiry on the maize saga released its findings on Saturday.

President Peter Mutharika instituted the commission of inquiry following allegations of malpractices in the way maize was purchased from Zambia and how the whole transaction affected maize prices on the local market.

In its report, the commission of inquiry said the minister’s conduct was suspicious hence he should be investigated on his own.

“The dealings between the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr George Chaponda M.P., in this procurement process should be further investigated by the ACB as the manner in which Transglobe obtained an export permit from the Ministry of Agriculture of Zambia to supply maize to ADMARC raises suspicion,” reads part of the commission’s report.

John Chisi

Chisi: Says Chaponda needs to step down.

Commenting on the findings, Umodzi Party president John Chisi said the minister should step down to pave way for investigations.

Chisi said he thought the minister had nothing to do with the saga but following the results of the inquiry, Chaponda need to be investigated and he should step down.

“I believed that Chaponda and other parties being mentioned on the saga had done nothing wrong but now it shows that he is really knowing something on the saga.

“Now, though the court ordered that he can still be the minister, but he need to show patriotism by resigning as a minister and he need not to wait for the president to fire him. The aim is to pave way for further investigations on him,” said Chisi.

Rights activist Gift Trapence of Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) concurred with Chisi saying if Chaponda does not resign Mutharika should fire him and let the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) probe the minister.

He further said all the implicated parties in the saga should be brought to court to answer charges of corruption and there should be no favouritism on the matter.

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  1. @Roland Chindebvu read the whole report carefully. If they found nothing why do u think ordered the ACB to investigate him. Don’t be misled Muthalika knows the truth he is just trying to protect Chaponda fearing he will speal the beans

  2. Eeeeeeeish so Malawi parliament is being led by a Suspected Criminal? kkkkkkkkkkkkk zili kwa Ibu Muthalika is very scaring! What is more wrong with this called president? He must be very very Stupid!!

  3. you mr chawinga do you think all people from southern region are not educated i think is now time for you tumbukas to change your mindset.

  4. Mmalo mochita comment u r nw busy kulimbana ndi mitundu,hw much hv u spend buying data bundles to comment each and every maizegate page? Du u knw dat diz so called waste of tym and money?mi broo mind of own business, if u r a farmer kip on duin that and work hard too so dat u earn a living rather than busy buyin data bundles pointing finger each other,r u sure dat o frm southern region r ignorant?mwana woipa mtima iweti,hv u forgotten kuti pipo frm kumwela ndio akumagula akazi kwanuko(kuloola) nkumachita nawo banja,lero mwakula mwayamba kunyoza komwe mwachokela,bi da way if u more educated nyamukani mupite kumwamba

  5. Koma. Akuluwa paokha akanangotula pansi udindo. Ndithu osadikira kuti anthu awauze Kodi sanakule iwowa . and kulemerako sanalemere achite kugwa ndi bp zomwezi ?

  6. You medias please talembanikoni zina zoti zitukule dziko lathuli izizi zatikwana,awawa amangopanga zomwe akufuna basi olo mutawatukwana iwowo satekeseka ali pa chiwongolero.by the way what are the accusations going to chaponda?i think if what mr chaponda is saying in medias is true then we are involving politics in this issue which is not good.LETS UNITE & DEVELOPE MALAWI

  7. Does it mean that even the Mps are not mandated to remove the minister if he is found guilty of engaging in criminal activities through vote of no confidence? I’m sure if they can be able remove a head of state, what can stop them from removing the minister coz for me it seems like the president himself is also involved in this scandal that’s why he’s doing nothing about it.

  8. The commission of inquiry has releases it’s findings and it seems nothing inform of corruption happened during the procurement of the said maize, only what I see here is some shortcuts during the purchase and I believe this happen due to pressure just to make sure that maize is available in the country and that’s nomore whenever pressure mounted even in family all we have to learn is planning to avoid such pressure, this is gone now can we now start talking development not division among people? let’s not bring politics in this.

  9. Nkhaniyi ngati president sachitapo zinthu zenizeni adziwe kuti akugawanitsa mtundu wa amalawi ntamvani mmakomenti ambiri anthu akutchulana mitundu zomwe sizabwino chifukwa chamunthu mmodzi koma president aganize bwino dziko la malawi si chapaponda muli anthu ambiri omwe akuyang’na president yo ndipofunika asamale miyoyo yawo osa wa chaponda yenkha

  10. Where was Umodzi & Cedep when the Cashgate convicts were still serving their positions in Government & rest going about their Businesses after the Forensic Audit Report of which JB’s Administration failed to release till she lost to the 2014 election?.

  11. Chaponda umunthu alibe ngakhaleso amake alibe chifukwa munthu yemwe ndiobadwa sangamazuze motelomo mzinda wa anthu.komaso galu uyu mukuti peter ameneyo salibwino ayi mwina sadalowe jando naona amatelo.(C)(p) agalu achabechabe.chaponda ukamachita zinthu uziyembekezela zotsatila ndifungwe wako uyo wakumoto basi!!! Masa kront

  12. For the sake of our ignorant friends from the southern region who support stupid things this govt is doing. The inquiry report findings shud hav been translated into our local language so that those who dont understand english mostly average lhomwes can understand it. Most of the comments here mostly from our friends akumwera shows that sanamve kuti report lija lanena kuti chani, thats why they are saying the commission of inquiry has cleard chaponda of wrong doing. Unfortunately we are not here to be teaching you lhomwes english kuti mwina mungamamveko zimene zikukambidwa. Mukaona nkhani yolembedwa in english pliz just skip it bcoz you wont yield anything on that. Ena mpaka akuti ma CSOs aku northern region chonsecho the commission of inqury that recomended chaponda to be investigated was headed by Anastazia msosa who i believe comes from the southern region. Nde tikamati anzathu your brains are not fully operational muziti tikunyoza pamene zikuchita kuonetsa kuti mumakanika kumvetsa zinthu za simple ngati izi. Ngati post simuimvetse pliz our beloved lhomwes or dpp supporters dont comment on it. Dont xpose ur stupidity here, we love you. We dont want you to be embarrassed.

    • I understand you are the most educated person in Malawi hence insulting the Lhomwe tribe.Let me ask you this question, who headed the commission which has just realesed the report? Was that one not a Lhomwe? what about this other commission co-chaired by ur homeboy Kamlepo is there anything coming except waiting to copy and paste what this other commission has come up with? When commenting try to single out things not generalizing.The issue some pple hv bn mistaking abt Chaponda issue was the injunction not report.The report clearly say that there could be some corrupt practices.Take note I will always be against who so ever attacks my tribe because of political issues.Not all Lhomwes are illiterate and not all Tumbukas are educated.This is evidenced by some garden boys we employ with northern names.

    • Msosa i dont know if she is lhomwe or whatever, i just know that she is one of you pple down south there. When we say you pple dont follow what is happening in this country u say we are insulting you. Look now this other commission is headed by chidanti malunga but you say is headed by kamlepo. Msosaz commission has recomended that chaponda be investigated but you say has been cleard of wrong doing. You pple, how do you use ur ears and eyes. It looks like china chilichonse mumachimva mosiyana ndi anzanufe why? The other thing ndi ndani angachoke ku mpoto kukagwira ntchito ya garden kwa bvumbwe. Inuyo nde mmanyamuka kuchoka ku mulanje kumakalima fodya ku mpoto.

  13. Chaponda said “in times of fire,we sometimes break windows to save lives and properties”. He meant that he partly took govermment money to be used for maize purchase for other initiatives to citizen of malawi

  14. Kodi sanachosedwe mpaka pano? We malawians sometimes we are very stupid, zoona munthu awononga misonkho yathu basi kumangomuyang’ana ngati mpila ku stadium, why? Misonkho yathu ikuti wawa ikamabedwa chonchi tikubvutika kumamizi uku kulima madimba, kulima mbatata kuti dziko lathu lipite pasogolo basi Chaponda ndi azizake adye manso ali kuyang’ana am very sorry about Malawi thats why cloud flock to South Africa because leader knows how to save people.

  15. koma this is becoming funny now. the commission of inquiry that was appointed to investigate the matter has released a report of their finddings and they have found nothing ill of Chaponda. Why calling for his resignation?

  16. koma this is becoming funny now. the commission of inquiry that was appointed to investigate the matter has released a report of their finddings and they have found nothing ill of Chaponda. Why calling for his resignation?

    • Wabodza iwe mmalamulo adziko la Malawi munthu athakumangidwa ngati analindicholinga chophwanya malamulo (intent to defraud is acrime) so report laonetsa kuti nduna imakonza zophwanya lamulo & lapanga recommend kuti the Honourable man must b investigated by gratf bursting body mzovetsa chisoni kuti andale akugwiritsa ntchito umbuli wa a Malawi pa malamulo kupanga zinthu zoononga chuma cha dziko lino zomwe nigwelo la mavuto amnanu omwe akutadziko lino kwa zaka tsopano

    • inuyo a Blessings Chiunjira ingopitani inuyo mukamumange chapondayo coz it seems u know very well ur constitution, nanga commission of inquiry yakanika kupeza umbon kut ndiwolkwa

    • kaya ma cadetwo am not in that group of the so called cadets. am a Malawian with an eagle eye. ndimaongoona zomwe zikuchitika ndi kuperekapo maganizo anga. I dont play politics

    • The report has recommended a further investigation on Hon. Chaponda. A wise leader could have set him aside pending the outcome of this other investigation. This report has in no way exonerated Chaponda from wrong doing. A leader has to be bold. APM is showing weakness and that’s why people are now calling for resignation of Chaponda. We need to be thanking Chishimba otherwise we could have by now eating maize supplied by Transglobe-our own Malawian company and this is where the guy was going to have a cut.