Chidanti’s contempt charges disrupt Parliament deliberations

Parliament was adjourned on Monday following protests by Parliamentarians against the suing of the Chairperson of Agriculture and Irrigation Committee Joseph Chidanti Malunga by Transglobe Produce Export Limited.

During the deliberations, Rumphi East Parliamentarian Kamlepo Kalua stood on point of order and demanded that the matter be resolved urgently.

The point was backed by another Member of Parliament for Salima North East Jessie Kabwila citing that Transglobe had grown wings over Parliament.

Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera concurred with the two by asking the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje to adjourn the proceedings.

Chakwera was of the view that the Business Committee had to discuss the matter.

Malunga has been taken to court for contempt for allegedly making prejudicial statements with potential to interfere with the administration of justice.

Transglobe wants Malunga to be punished for allegedly undermining the judicial independence by calling for the prohibition of the company in the country after it obtained an order stopping implementation of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).

The committee recommended to Government to exclude Transglobe from supplying subsidised fertilizer under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).

The Committee argued that Transglobe was not in a good position to take part in the programme allegedly because it was under probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

In July this year, ACB arrested one of Transglobe directors, in connection with government’s procurement of maize from Zambia.

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