ACB summons Magistrate, court clerks over Kasambara bail

The arrest and bail given to lawyer Ralph Kasambara has taken many dimensions and the hstate-run corruption-busting body, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has poked its nose into the affair.

The ACB summoned the Blantyre Magisstrate Innocent Nebi on Friday and the bureau has also summoned all judiciary staff who were involved in the processing of Kasambara’s bail.

ACB director Alexius Nampota said on Friday that the bureau wanted to find out how Kasambara was given bail when the judiciary employees are on a strike.

Nampota: Claims Kasambara is corrupt

Nampota speaking on state Malawi Broadcasting Corporation  (MBC), made a serious allegations  that Kasambara was known for bribing judges.

“He gave huge sum of money to a judge to give fair judgment to his client but the judge refused,” alleged Nampota.

“We investigated the matter but according to ACB [procedures we left the issue], said,” said Nampota.

Speaking at a news confrence in Blantyre, ACB boss said: “With the court workers on strike the bureau wants to ascertain the criteria that the lawyers used to obtain a court bail when there are many people who are detained by the police failing to do so.”

He said the judiciary staff have to explain why they gave Kasambara bail when many other Malawians are languishing in prisons and are failing to get bail because of the strike.

Nampota said he suspected corruption in the bail of Kasambara.

Kasambara’s lawyers Jonathan Kara and Wapona Kita, who applied for and obtained the bail,  have also been summoned to be interrogated  on how the process was conducted.

Kita said he would appear before the ACB on Monday while his colleague, Kara as scheduled to be quizzed on Friday.

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