ACB awaits the high court for Chaponda appeal case

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB is waiting for the court to set a date for the hearing of an appeal it made against the Zomba High Court ruling of George Chaponda maize saga case.

Chaponda was arrested in July last year following his alleged involvement in the controversial maize purchase from Zambia popularly known as maizegate.

On the day of his arrest, the ACB found cash amounting to K124 million and huge sums of foreign currency upon searching his house.

He was then charged with three counts ranging from giving false information to the ACB, influencing a public officer to abuse his position and possession of foreign currency.

His alleged accomplice, Rashid Tayub, Executive Director of Transglobe Produce Export Limited was answering the charge of persuading a public officer to abuse his position.

In May this year, both Chaponda and Tayub were set free by the Chief Resident Magistrate court in Zomba.

After the court ruling, the ACB expressed discontent and challenged to appeal against the ruling.

Spokesperson for the bureau Egrita Ndala has told Capital FM that they are just waiting for the High Court to set the date.

Ndala, we are waiting for the court

“We are waiting for the date from the court. That’s the issue.” She emphasized.

Ndala, was however reluctant to give further details of the case.

Chaponda served as the Vice President for the Southern Region the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP and withdrew from defending the position during the party’s convention in July this year.

He is the current Member of Parliament for Mulanje South West constituency.


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