Chaponda Amangidwe: Malawians calls for arrest of former agriculture minister

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Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) yesterday took to the streets where among others they called for the arrest of former agriculture minister Dr George Chaponda over his questionable involvement in the purchasing of maize from Zambia.

The demonstrations that were led by Human Rights activists Billy Mayaya and Gift Trapence of Centre of Development for the People were centred on demanding government to address high levels of corruption, nepotism, threats to human rights defenders, power outages and persistent water shortages in the country.

Despite low turnout of people who took part in the demonstrations, few but well organized Malawians gathered at Area 18 roundabout with placards which among others were written that “Chaponda Amangidwe” , “Amalawi atopa” and “ No more cashgate.”

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Demos in Lilongwe on Thursday.

Demonstrators rallied in the streets of capital city, Lilongwe to Parliament where they gave petition to President Peter Mutharika through Speaker of the House Honorable Richard Msowoya.

Speaking at Parliament , Mayaya said that the major issues are focusing on transparency and accountability and the end of impunity.

Mayaya also accused Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) of not functioning effectively to end corruption in the country.

“The ACB is not doing its work and all it does is selective application of the law by focusing on the members of opposition or small fish in the government but we want the big fish like the seven ministers to be probed and investigated and if they are found guilty the full force of the law should be applied upon them,” said Mayaya.

In his speech, outspoken legislator Kamlepo Kalua assured the demonstrators that the issues will be addressed in the next Parliamentary meeting.

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  1. koma ndiye kunali anthu ochepa bwanji, l think ndiokhawo analandila kanganyase, pano zaiwalika kuti anapita ku msewu kkkkkkkk .kaya bola business

  2. CSOs, not Malawians. The majority are in the villages & are not concerned cos they have plenty to eat. Leave towns & come home if you can do gardening.

  3. Nanga kumseuko munali angati?ndiye pamenepo majority inali kuti?Nokha mulibe mzeru?Siyani a court agwire ntchito.musawapatse phuma iwotu ali ndi mzeru.

  4. Ngati samangidwa timuotchera nyumbatu apo ayi tizamuotcha ali pa nseu mu Galimoto tisakhale ngati sitimamuona akamadusa ndi Magalimoto ake andalama zakubawo ife zikutipwetekatu kwambiri

  5. I cant believe a mature man like him doing this when we the youth fail to get a job from our own govt, lock him up….. anyani atibere chimanga, chapondanso…..?

  6. Only God knows … misonkho amalawi tikuva nayo kuwawa ndalama mutenga ndinu atate akumwamba ndikupephani ndiye anu anu wochimwa Koma muno Malawi tikuzuzika ndi ife osawuka amen

  7. You are just wasting your time talking about chaponda.He has done nothing wrong. Amabungwe if you are sent by the opposition; you will achieve nothing.

    • Dziko likugwa chifukwa cha anthu ngati inu omangosekelela ndikumangoyang,ana zoipa zikuchitika mxm zoti dziko lidakali chitsamunda ili simukudziwa?? Kodi bwanji anthu inuu???

    • A Malawi kugona bwanji? Joseph Chidanti Malunga, Kamlepo Kalua etal anati ACB ifufuze so did Anastazia Msosa, Jane Banda etal nde wina apita pa mseu amangidwe musanapange establish any illegality in the transaction? Kodi muona ngati Msosa sadziwa malamulo yeti? Mpona pake ndalama zathu zimathera kupepesa anthu olakwiridwa kamba kopupuluma kaa. Anthu anaba 187 million ku Education 2000ad pano mbava ina ati inawina mlandu ipepesedwe ndi 12 billion Malawi Kwacha. Kupupuluma! Kufuna kuoneka ozindikira kaya akanapita kaa iwo kukamumanga. Kamuzu ndi Tembo anawina Mwanza Case yomwe mMalawi aliyese amakhulupilira kuti aluza. This is Malawi!

  8. Stop talking about chaponda and the president. We have more serious issues to talk about than chaponda maize saga. The issue of stripping presidential powers eg women dancing for the president and many more. We have no problem with the president but he is having too much powers.

  9. So this guy embezzled some cash….he was caught with the cash stacked in his house… he lost his job for it . But you are saying its not ok to arrest him??? He’s nothing but just a petty thief . Full stop . So yeah just arrest him please

  10. When yesterday I went to the hospital I heard a boy begging to see Chaponda and Pitala to give him a last moment before he dies. When they arrived he hold them both side. And I ask why? He answered me when Jesus died on the cross he had two thieves on the left and right.

    • #Justice kufufuza ndikumangidwa chimayamba ndi chiyani? Munthu amamangidwa kaye then mkumamufufuza nchifukwa chake amati akumuganizira. ACB alibe mphamvu yomupeza munthu olakwa koma khothi, ntchito ya ACB ndikumuperka ku polisi munthu amene akuganiziridwa kuti adachita chinyengo. Khoti ndilimene limanena kuti munthuyo adachitadi chinyange motengera malamulo.

    • A Police amatero koma ACB ili nazo mphavu zomanga ndi kutengera munthu ku khoti koma atafufuza kaye ndi ma lawyer amadziwa ma consequences ake kaa a Police si ma lawyer ayi thats why high profile cases amapanga prosecute ndi DPP -Director of Public Prosecution – ngati lawyer nayeso coz a Police sazitsata thats why mumadandaula nthawi zina amamanga kungoteteza munthuyo ngati a Internal Security.

    • in malaw prizonz were built for poor pple n no rich gyz lyk chaponda dont bother yourselves gyz ths man cn no n will he never gat arrested nde kumalaw kumeneko amamanga munthu yemwe waba zitenje pachgwe osa anthu ngay chaponda

  11. aphedwe #chaponda osati amangidwe ayi mwambo umenewu opha chaponda tipanga tokha week yamawa tiku mane pa kominite ground aliese teyala nmanja boma kwachuluka mbala palibe anga mangidwe ndi boma limeneli tipite ku nyumba kwa chaponda ine ndi betcha 60 Lts ya petrol wapa thupi pa #chaponda ekha sundufuna padza pezeke mafupa pa malo pamenepo

  12. Nkhani ya Sam Mpasu pa za mabuku ku Field York sizikusisayana iwo anamangidwa koma a Chaponda ndi Peter akudabwitsa dziko.Asayiwale sionse amene ali ana sakumbukira mbiri ya ndale zaku Malawi.Kunotu ndiku Africa kumene mtsogoleri akachoka pa mpando chotsatira ndi milandu.KALANGA DZIKO LATHU LA MALAWI

    • Vuto ndi loti pofuna kuonetsa kuzitsata nthawi zina you expose your ignorance in public. The Field York Scandal was brought to light in 1995 but Mpasu served as a Minister including being Speaker for 10 years and was arrested 2005 and convicted. Who arrested him? The ACB had their probe and kept the info under lock and key and they used the same to convict him. Justice can be delayed but not denied. Be patient the ACB is working and it has made several breakthroughs. Sungani khosi mkanda oyera muvala.