Chaponda dragged to court

MZUZU (Malawi NewsNow) – President Peter Mutharika has been dragged to court for his refusal to fire Agriculture minister  Dr George Chaponda to pave way for smooth investigations on maizegate.

Private citizen Mr Charles Kajoloweka, the Church and Society Program of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod, Centre for the Development of People and Youth and Society filed the eight ground lawsuit at Mzuzu High Court.

Mr Kajoloweka and the others argue that failure by President Mutharika to fire Dr Chaponda will compromise the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry on maizegate.

They say junior staff at ministry of Agriculture will not be comfortable to divulge information on the maizegate with Dr Chaponda still clinging to power.

Mr Kajoloweka and the civil society organisations have also taken Attorney General Mr Kalekeni Kaphale on the same grounds.

The High Court in Mzuzu is expected to make its ruling on Thursday.

Dr Chaponda has said he will not resign whilst Mutharika says he cannot fire Chaponda merely on allegations and speculation.

The Minister and suspended Admarc CEO Mr Foster Mlumbe are accused of suspicious dealings in the way they bought the 100000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia.

Both Chaponda and Mlumbe deny any wrong doing.