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Malawi CSO’s To File A Contempt Of Court Case

Written by  Written By Chimwemwe MANGAZI Jan 23, 2017

Leaders of Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) who obtained a court injunction against agriculture minister George Chaponda will today file a contempt of court case over his official trip to Germany.

Chaponda has allegedly defied a high court order, which restrains him from carrying out official duties, following an injunction obtained by the various organisations.

The minister sneaked out of the country on Thursday last week, to represent Malawi at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in the Dutch capital Berlin.

 But according to government officials, arrangements for the trip were made in December last year before the court order.

The minister is allegedly involved in the ADMARC maize scandal in which billions of tax payer’s money was lost.

A commission of inquiry which was instituted by President Peter Mutharika is currently investigating the matter.

So far the commission has established that government did not buy maize from Zambia but it locally.

According to one of the organisations that obtained an injunction for the minister involved in the scandal to stop executing his duties, Youth and Society (YAS), Chaponda’s actions should not be tolerated.

YAS Executive Director Charles Kajoloweka is of the view that Chaponda is displaying arrogance by not obeying the court order that was issued.

 “We are going to take action and we will let Malawians know the course of action that we have agreed on as CSO’s,” Kajoloweka added.

Meanwhile, Representatives of the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), stakeholders to the court injunction, are piling pressure on President Mutharika to recall Chaponda from Germany and fire him.

In a statement, HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba points out that Chaponda has embarrassed the government and put the leadership into disrepute.

He further urges the German government through its Malawi ambassador to cancel Chaponda’s visa to the country. 

Last modified on Monday, 23 January 2017 09:00

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