Malawi: Chaponda Caught Sleeping in Parliament As Malawi Leader Delivers SONA - Talks Tough On Corruption Fight
After being appointed by President Peter Mutharika to be Leader of the House, George Chaponda was caught on camera fast asleep during the State of the Nation Address by the Head of State at the State opening of budget session of parliament on Friday.
Chaponda, who is also minister of agriculture and irrigation, is paid to stay awake and listen.
In his address titled 'Towards recovering and sustainable socio-economic development', President Mutharika gave assuarances that his government will crackdown on corruption after British High Commissioner Michael Nevin observed that the vice has continued spreading since his posting to Malawi in June 2012.
Nevin observes that Malawians are among the victims of the vice as they continue complaining of not getting services without being asked for a bribe.
The British diplomat in his opinion also notes that many governance indicators show a downward trend and the country risks heading down a dangerous road if it fails to bring to justice assailants of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) senior officer Issa Njauju.