High Court adjourns Mpinganjira case till July 29

The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned the a case in which businessperson Thom Mpinganjira is accused of attempting to bribe Constitution  Court judges to rule in  favour  of former president Peter Mutharika in then presidential election  case to July 29.

Mpinganjira: Case adjourned

The matter, which is being presided by judge Dorothy DeGabrielle, went to court on Tuesday  via Zoom video call conference as a Covid-19 precautionary measure.

Mpinganjira’s lawyers, Patrice Nkhono, said the defence are ready for case and expect the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  to furnish themthem with “all necessary documents so that we prepare our defence.”

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said they  will submit documents to the defense.

Mpinganjira denies any wrong doing and his lawyer stressed that “anyone charged with any crime is presumed innocent  until proven otherwise by a competent court of law.”

In January this year, ACB arrested Mpinganjira after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda complained to the bureau that a business person and a public servant wanted to bribe the five judges who presided over the 2019 presidential election case.

The banker, who is currently on bail, is answering charges related to attempting to induce High Court judges Mike Tembo and Healey Potani to exercise their functions corruptly by offering K100 million.

He is also being accused of attempting to induce a public officer to abuse his office by attempting to persuade Tembo and Potani to accept the bribe and rule the election case in favour of former president Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission who were the respondents in the case.

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Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
7 months ago

FDH Bank paulendo

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago

FDH is gone. Money launderer and soon will climb on a👨‍🦽

Chalo
7 months ago

I have my doubts if ACB director, Rayneck Matemba can outclass the experience defence counsel, Patrice Nkhono.
This case requires DPP Mary Kachale and her prosecution team to handle, and not ACB alone. ACB is somehow compromised if you may consider how he may have been appointed.

Wiza
Wiza
7 months ago
Reply to  Chalo

DPP government was sitting on ACB and other institutions so that they do not function properly especially on cases that they have interest. But that is not to say that the two institutions cannot collaborate on prosecution of cases. I think they already do. After all, the ACB had to get a consent from the DPP on all or some cases in order to start prosecution.

mofolo
mofolo
7 months ago

KKK case will be dismissed due to lack of evidence or it will never conclude. Mark my words there is a bad combination from the prosecution to the bench.

Zede
Zede
7 months ago

Acb director is one lazy brat, if saulos is serious with reforms he should start with dismissal of toothless ACB director. He cannot even furnish the defence with necessary documents. Two weeks ago when the case was moved from magistrate Court acb director said his office will provide documentation and today he is saying the same. Am sure tonse alliance can find more capable replacement for acb director.

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Indeeeee 🔐🇲🇼

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
7 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Mmmmmm Zede ma jealous

Nalingula
Nalingula
7 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Is it that the ACB does not have the Best Lawyers….Or is it that the Investigators are not Good Enough. …At one Time they had the services of Kamudoni Nyasule ….On the Other Hand if People are to take the fight against Corruption Seriously cases must not drag in Our Courts …Some Corruption cases have taken more than 8 years …Do we have Enough Judges …or Do we Need a special courts for Corruption Cases …Otherwise the pace at Which Corruption Cases are heard …No One will take The Fight against Corruption Seriously …Parliament must hear from ACB and Judiciary… Read more »

Blue tears
Blue tears
7 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Being lazy and having your hands tied are two different things my friend. No I say keep him. I’m sure he has files upon files that have been piling up collecting dust due to pressure from on top. He is a very good pawn ♟ in these big grand scheme of things. He is an Ace in the pack for the current government. When his put the last nail in the coffin of DPP he shall then be sacrificed. What you say ? Check Mate. ♟ He will have to please & prove to try hold on to his job… Read more »

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