Judge wants expedited trial in Mpinganjira case

High Court judge Dorothy DeGabrielle has indicated that she wants an expedited trial of 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.

Mpinganjira during a court appearance

The matter went to court on Tuesday  via Zoom video call conference as a Covid-19 precautionary measure.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  director general Reyneck Matemba said they are ready to prosecute the case on fast-track and that they have submitted all the documents and the disclosures to the defence.

“ACB is ready on the case,” said Matemba.

Matemba said the five judges—Healey Potani, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu, Ivy Kamanga and Mike Tembo—will testify in court alongside four investigators from the graft-busting body.

“We have discussed. The court has heard about preparedness of the case. We explained that our disclosures are ready and we will file to court and defence today a list of documents we will rely on in court,” he said.

The judge said it was critical to move forward with the case and wanted Mpinganjira to take plea within seven days and trial to commence.

Defence lawyers could not commit for court attendance in a week as one of their colleagues had contracted coronavirus and they want to isolate for 14 to 21 days.

A date of July 28 which was proposed could not work as one of Mpinganjira’s lawyers, Patrice Nkhono said he had another matter on the same day in court.

Then July 29 was said to be convenient for all parties.

The trial is said to be concluded before year end.

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.”

Nkhono said: “Disclosures by the State are, of course, required in order to help the defence prepare for hearing.”

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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G Zali
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G Zali

If I were Thom Mpinganjira;

I would isolate myself from active politics knowing I am a figure millions of people adore and look up to.
I would make sure I live up to my legacy by acting maturely to be an example to my kids and grandkids

If I were TM;

I would imagine a free land for ALL and keep my hands clean
I would foresee how ugly dpp people would leave me alone to dry like a dead fish if things didn’t go according to plan

BUT, fortunately I am not selfish Thom Mpinganjira.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

This I believe will be one of the many cases to go through the courts. These dpp thieves and thugs will have to face the music. Eeee! koma Malawi anakonza.

Masozi
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Masozi

Not possible with the likes of matemba involved. The acb director is an expert at procrastination.

#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
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#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople

Matemba is a hard worker. You will see how this case is handled

Nana
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Nana

Nyekhweeeeeeeest

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

Kodi a ACB nkhani ya CASHGATE ilipati? Munayitaya poti alinanu limodzi mu boma?

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

Yaaaa very true they might be in the Government, who are they? Idiot!

Cairo
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Cairo

Eeeeee nanga sia Joyce Banda is part of the ruling government, ndalama za ndege ziri kuti, nanga a Kachale, Lawyer Kasambala etc

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Cashgate involved Bingus government, exposed by Joyce Bandas government.

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
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Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni

He is now left on his own to dry. What came to his mind? He is so rich he does not need this embarrassment. Greed is evil and when caught the scar on you lasts forever. Think of reputation built over years flown out the window. No honour no respect people equates you to a common thief. Hey!

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

You know why,, pride ignores reliality!

Phwisa
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Phwisa

Our judges can expedite this case but forgotten Muluzi, Mphwiyo , Kasambala cases. Ndimomwe zikhalira ku Malawi.

God is with Us = Emmanuel
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Thom Mpinganjira tried to enter the lions den. Anakaputa mavu pachisa just for political perpetuation. This guy Thom Mpinganjira knows that FDH has been used by the dpp for all the corruption we have seen. How can someone take K100 million to the judges? What was his interest? Does it surprise you that APM through Llyod Muhara wanted to thrown out the Chief Justice? If there is a shake up, I believe even the judiciary needs to be shaken up. APM appointed some questionable judges there. I also believe that the judges will maintain their ethics. The judges are the… Read more »

Cairo
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Cairo

The government wont will this case, trust me guys

G Zali
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G Zali

dpp govnt lost cases, not this Tonse gvnt

Mr Truth Pains
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Vuto ndiroti vula ikakuona lisiro siyikata,
Mr Thom Mpinganjira u were on forefront during Muntharika regime being an Architect of
(1) Corruption
(2) Nepotism
(3) Tribalism
With the help of your brother Brown Mpinganjira Goodwell Gondwe, Muntharika and etc acquired Malawi Savings Bank corruptly without paying a Tambala to Malawians.

You converted all government business transactions from other banks to only deal with FDH Bank , very selfish man.
This resulted to NBS Bank loosing customers and to the extent of nearly closure.

Mwini muzi
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There is a tendency of arresting people when evidence is indequate or when the courts are not ready or inadequate. This puts suspects on long periods of bail. Imagine a suspect staying over 8 years without trial or delayed trial. Justice delayed is justice denied. If ACB is inadequate, then stop arresting people until the courts and your evidence are ready such that trial processess should not take over 6 months after arrest.

Cairo
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Cairo

I do agree with u 101%

G Zali
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G Zali

Musova. mpinganyjrayu evidence ndima judge omwewa lol

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