ACB to prosecute lawyer Mbeta on alleged bribery charges

Blantyre-based private practice lawyer Frank Mbeta will be in the dock as accused person to face prosecution for his alleged bribery charges dating back to 2015, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has disclosed.

Lawyer Mbeta faces bribery trial

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said in a sworn affidavit on February 9 2015, that the bureau received a complaint from the then MRA commissioner general Raphael Kamoto that Mbeta had offered a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) information and communications technology (ICT) security manager Wilson Upindi K2 million to delete information from three computers seized from a suspect  on tax evasion charges.

Upindi alerted his boss, director of ICT at MRA, Maxwell Mlomba, who took custody of the computers and advised him to meet Mbeta and accept the K2 million which he collected in a black plastic bag at Chichiri Shopping Centre in Blantyre and handed over to his bosses.

However when the graft-busting body wanted to arrest the lawyer at the time, he obtained an injunction at Zomba Magistrate’s Court stopping ACB from effecting the arrest and also a subsequent order for judicial review on the matter.

ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala has since disclosed  that through a consent order, the court directed that the bureau should not arrest Mbeta but commence the case against him through summons.

Said Ndala: “The injunction that Mr Frank Mbeta obtained against the ACB stopping his arrest and prosecution, is no longer there.”

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) also granted the bureau consent to prosecute the matter, she said.

But Mbeta said he was not aware of ACB’s latest move on the case.

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Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago

“and handed over to his bosses”. Nde ACB how did you come to know all this?

Mogasa
Mogasa
7 months ago

I stopped respecting lawyers way back. Its not a profession that I would encourage my son to join any more. All factors constant, most of these buddies will remain nobodies in Malawi. The market is flooded and there are no customers. We should expect the worst from these kangaroos

Mulopwana
7 months ago

Komatu koma 2015. Munali kuti nthawi yonseyi. Mupezeka kuti mulibe umbonitu inu. Speedy trials are a solution ACB. We r tired with these 20yr trials.

Masharubu
Masharubu
7 months ago

Frank Mbeta is a big disgrace to the Malawi legal profession. Not very competent professionally, but very good at “delivering” thru bribery and corruption. This man, together with Lusungu Gondwe, have really messed up the image of the law profession in this country.

Kuba mpaka nseru
Kuba mpaka nseru
7 months ago
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Compared to ralph kasambara or these judges, I would say mbeta is innocent. These lawyers and judges do that kind of stuff, that’s when you see the judge ruling that defendant so and so has no case to answer.

Most of these judges n lawyers are rich because of bribes, most of them have property portfolio worth more than nico or mpico plc.

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
7 months ago

Koma alipo lawyer kapena judge kaya ndi magistrate,nkukhala osagwamo Mutchisi otelewu.

Chisale
Chisale
7 months ago

Trying to find a corrupt-free and honest lawyer in this country is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Very rotten profession contrary to what they preach.

Banda
Banda
7 months ago

Wonder what was on the computers and if MRA has collected back taxes. It is cases such as these that take more than 5 years to resolve that people have no confidence in the ACB.

Dead.Body
7 months ago

2015? …..The Director of Public Prosecution DPP, the Director General ACB, Director General FIA, ……..[..real Malawians…]

Kayamba Zawanda
Kayamba Zawanda
7 months ago

He should face the law arm of government

The Karanga of Soshangumve

I hear he is the richest lawyer in Malawi through dubious means

Che Juma
Che Juma
7 months ago

So most lawyers are

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