The opposition United Progressive People (UPP) has received an official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zambia to notifying the party about the desire of the Commission of Inquiry to receive our submission.
UPP President Savior Chishimba said “We have just had a telephone conversation and the submission has been scheduled for Friday, 3 February 2017 at 14:30 hours at the Malawi High Commission.”
Dr Chishimba also rubbished reports in some sections of the media that Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has established that there was no corruption in the procurement of maize must be treated as illegitimate and desperate state propaganda to downplay the scandal.
He said the Commission of Inquiry has not concluded its sittings.
“Likewise, the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Malawi and the parliamentary committee are still carrying out investigations and reports have not yet been rendered to government.”
“Further, the High Court for Malawi dismissed the application of the attorney general yesterday who wanted the suspended Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. George Chaponda, to be restored on account that the CSOs and the Church did not have locus standi in the matter. The court held that the CSOs and the Church had locus standi and that the evidence was overwhelming,” he said.
He said, “In view of the foregoing, it would be very sad if the PF-MMD Government continues to trivialise this matter. Our own ACC officially commenced investigations upon establishing that there was a prima facie case. The fight against corruption will only be won when our nation moves from political rhetoric to action.”
He warned that the UPP has not even yet moved to more serious corruption scandals.
“The maizegate scandal is just a tip of an iceberg. We shall not lose the battle against corruption. We urge all Zambians to pray so that God’s justice can prevail in our land. Enough is enough of the corruption of the executive arm of government, which has sadly spread to our judiciary.”