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John Chisi warns Peter Mutharika

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Umodzi Party (UP) President, John Chisi, has asked President Peter Mutharika to stop shielding Cabinet ministers suspected to be involved in corruption and misappropriation of public resources.

Chisi warned that if the President shields ministers that are implicated in corruption, the President’s legacy will suffer.

Chisi was speaking in reaction to the dubious procurement of maize from Zambia by the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation ( Admarc).

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Since the details of the deal were revealed, Mutharika has only set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe into the matter.

Mutharika has also come under pressure from some quarters because of his seeming inaction on K236 billion said to have been stolen from government. When parliamentarian, Kamlepo Kalua, claimed that seven members of Mutharika’s cabinet are listed among people who stole the money, Mutharika asked him to provide evidence.

Mutharika has also given a deaf ear to calls that he should suspend Minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda, to pave the way for investigations into the alleged maize scandal.

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“The President should desist from standing on the podium to defend his ministers. If one day the evidence comes out and indeed Malawians find out that there are issues that were happening involving the ministers which he was defending, it will be very difficult for him [Mutharika] to exonerate himself which will be unfortunate,” Chisi said.

Speaking when he was swearing in commissioners of the newly instituted Commission of Inquiry into the Admarc maize saga, Mutharika said he does not act on hearsay.

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