Chaponda and other senior officials from the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) are believed to have indulged in dubious activities in a botched maize deal with a Zambian broker Kaloswe Commuter and Courier.
It is reported that MK 34.5 Million was used, though ADMARC could have spent only 21 Million dollars had it procured the grain through the Zambian Government.
There is now widespread concern as the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has not yet moved in to arrest Chaponda who was found with over MK 170 million stashed in his house.
When Capital FM’s Jayne Kaonga took to the streets many expressed disappointment at how the acb is conducting itself.
They went futher demanding the president to loosen his grip on the graft busting body so it can carry out its duties independently.
This development has seen critics accusing the bureau of applying selective justice, following its decision to arrest People’s Party Interim Leader Uladi Mussa.
He was released on Monday after he spent a night at Lilongwe Police cell.
Officers from the anti graft institution have been questioning him over his alleged involvement in a Passport scandal.
He was handed over to police after being questioned by the ACB.
Before his release pepole’s party sympathizers camped outside Lilongwe police station demanding the immediate release of their party’s leader.
The passport gate is alleged to have occurred in the year 2013, when Mussa was Home Affairs Minister.
Just last week, the bureau arrested former Chief Immigration Officer Hudson Mankhwala over the same.
The public claims cases involving high profile people who are currently in government are not being pursued.