Chaponda – Arrested

BLANTYRE (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow) –  Graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested the embattled former Agriculture minister George Chaponda in connection with the botched Zambia maize deal.

Director of Prosecutions and Legal Affairs at ACB Chrispine Khunga confirmed the arrest on Wednesday.

He said ACB obtained a warrant of arrest from the High Court last week.

Chaponda, who remains the powerful Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the south which is seen as the ruling party’s bedrock, walked freely into the ACB offices in Blantyre.

He was not even arrested and there were no police officers around him as was the case with the arrest of Peoples Party acting president Uladi Mussa.

There were very few people, probably three relations of Chaponda who came to show sympathy to Chaponda.

Khunga said Chaponda would be taken to court on Wednesday afternoon where he was likely to apply for bail.

Public Affairs Committee threatened mass action if the state failed to arrest him.

He is the top most government and party official to be arrested on graft charges in recent times.