President Muthrika Fires Chaponda As Agriculture Minister

Malawi President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has fired Dr.George Chaponda as Minister of Agriculture with immediate effect.

In a public announcement made available to Malawi Independent, the general public is being informed that using powers vested in him by the Constitution, His Excellency the President, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has decided to relieve Dr. George Chaponda; M.P of his responsibilities as Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development .

With this development, all matters requiring the attention of the Minister of Agriculture should be referred to the President.

Chaponda has been a center stage of bad publicity to the government and Democratic Progressive Party on how he handled the issue of maize purchase from Zambia.

A commision of inquiry which President Mutharika instituted recommended that Chaponda should be probled by the Ant- Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Yesterday, the Malawi Police and ACB raid his house where over MK 160 million was found in his house and other assorted foreign currencies.

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