FDH Bank, Mpinganjira stop CSO leaders: Lawyer for Mtambo, Trapence to challenge court order

Chief executive officer of FDH Financial Holding Group Thomson Mpinganjira and the FDH Bank have obtained an injunction from the High Court restraining human rights activist Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence from making careless remarks  against the bank liking it to politics or alleged electoral fraud.

Mpinganjira, whose financial services group has four subsidiaries, including  FDH Bank, gets court injunction

The order is restarting the two leaders of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from making malicious and defamatory that the claimants financed the rigging operations by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In his sworn affidavit, Mpinganjira  through his lawyer Chancy Gondwe, explained that the defendants held nationwide demonstrations on 4th and 5th July 2019 which ended up with a vigil and that they even stoned FDH Bank, a bank to which he is a member.

According to the court, the order remains in force until an inter-parties hearing of the matter within seven days.

HRDC lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa said they would challenge the order  in the next 48 hours.

The lawyer said his clients were only exercising their right on a matter of public interest.

“Every Malawian, including HRDC members, have the right to question anything, especially election matters which are of national interest,” said Mwafulirwa.

The lawyer added: “Financial institutions are not sacred and neither are they above the law.”

The FDH boss said since media reports regarding a bank account styled Chief Elections Officer; some members affiliated to HRDC have mounted a campaign against FDH Bank Ltd dubbed “FDH Bank must fall” and urging customers of the bank to close their accounts.

He said the demonstrators under the banner of HRDC, despite a plea in writing to the defendants by lawyers the bank appointed, Mbendera and Nkhono Associates, went on to stone and broke glasses of FDH, Umoyo House in Blantyre.

The claimants fear their reputation is being damaged irreparably to the extent that only damages may not restore good name and character.

The HRDC has been organising demonstrations against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, demanding that she resigns for accusations that she helped to rig the May 21 presidential race in favour of DPP’s presidential candidate Peter Mutharika, who was declared winner.

The demonstrations, in most parts of the nation, turned violent, to the extent that some State property and private property belonging to members of the DPP have been torched.

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MwiniMunda
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MwiniMunda

I had huge respect for Mpinganjira as an inspiration. That is all gone now. Few weeks ago, he was talking about reputation. His involvement with the corrupt DPP has only eroded the reputation people had for the bank and him. The injunction Mpjnganjira has obtained is about damage control to the waning reputation of him and FDH. FDH now is synonymous to DPP. This is very dangerous and too risky.

Political Analyst*10
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Political Analyst*10

Thom is now a very diluted professional.By being a beneficiary of the Lomwelisation tactics Mr Mpinganjira,what do you expect? Malawians to clap hands for you? You are behind the reputation damage of FDH Bank yourself by associating with the DPP thieves, every Malawian know that in the first place the buying price for MSB was questionable? so you better learn to shut up your mouth.Should MCP take over Government whether this year or 2024, FDH Bank will be in trouble unless you learn to conduct yourself professionally.

Victor at malswitch
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Victor at malswitch

WHAT HAS THE BANK GOT TO DO WITH THIS ISSUE?? PLEASE EXPLAIN TRUTHFULLY! IF THE CUSTOMER DEPOSITED A CHEQUE OF WHICH THEIR ACCOUNT IS AT FDH IS THAT A CRIME??? AND AGAIN WHAT THE HELL DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE BANK??? YOU MTAMBO (AKA MBOLO) YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. IF SOMEONE GETS PAID OR STEALS MONEY AND GOES TO BUY FROM SHOPRITE, CAN YOU SAY SHOPRITE IS A BAD SHOP??? WELL ENOUGH OF THESE EXAMPLES! MTAMBO(MBOLO) SAULOSI/ CHAKWERA KNOW WHAT THE REAL ISSUE IS HERE! THEY ARE FRUSTRATED PEOPLE. I AM TOLD THEIR WIFES ARE EVEN COMPLAINING NO… Read more »

Chumba
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I do not have a bank.

dalo
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dalo

Bank ya mbava iyi amalawi tikuona tsopano,more fire malawians zonse zibwele poyela kuti ena atengelepo phunzilo.

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

I am really ashamed on behalf of Thom Mpinganjira. We all know that FDH Bank is DDP Tippex Government Bank. Credibility is lost because of your involvement in politics.

Smart Aunt Sally
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What happened to Malawi savings bank (msb)? Or I am still an idiot!

Nkhuzi
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Nkhuzi

Why hide the truth in the first place? Malawians are entitled to knowing how that taxes are being abused by any leader and the leaders are to be accountable to the citizens, therefore the order has ill intention subject to challenging. Let the truth come out.

THE APOSTLE
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WHEN YOU ARE SUPPORTING THIEVES, THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO PAY.

FDH WAS FOUND WANTING BY ALLOWING AN INDIVIDUAL TO HAVE POWERS OVER PUBLIC FUNDS

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Me too I can’t use that bank I would rather use Standard Bank. That is what happens when you want to work with politicians cos they come & go.

Iantana
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Iantana

Mwafulirwa versus Gondwe ok!

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Za ma biggie, no Tippex!!