January 23, 2017 by Staff Reporter
Dr. George Chaponda, a Malawian diplomat and politician was on born on the 1st of 1942 at Chonde Village in Mulanje District.
He is the current Member of Parliament from Mulanje South West in Southern Malawi for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party(DPP).
Dr Chaponda studied at the University of Delhi from 1963 to 1968 where he received degrees in history and political science. He studied law at the University of Zambia from 1976 to 1979 and at Yale University from 1980 to 1984. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980.
According local media reports, Dr Chaponda is being groomed to succeed President Mutharika when he leaves power probably in 2024 although other sources indicate that might happen in the 2019 Malawian Tripartite Elections.
Dr Chaponda held a number of senior positions in Zambia including Chief Executive of a parastal organization. From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Ethiopia. From 2003-2004 he was Chairman of the University Council of the University of Malawi.
In 2004 Chaponda entered Malawian politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Mulanje South West. In June 2004, he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of the newly elected President Bingu wa Mutharika.
He served in that position until 2005, when he was appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. After the elections in May 2009, he was appointed Minister of Education. In 2010 George Chaponda was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Currently, Dr George Chaponda is the (suspended) Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.