Judges Potani, Madise conclude testimony in bribery case: Kapindu is next

Malawi Supreme Court of  Appeal judge Healey Potani and  High Court judge Dingiswayo Madise on Monday took to the witness box where they gave  their  testimony as the witness of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a case where business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira is accused of attempting to bribe Constitutional Court judges.

Potani: Testified
Judge Madise: Testified

Testifying before presiding Judge Dorothy De Grabielle , Justice Potani told the court that Mpinganjira called him and told him that he is running a project and, in the conversation, referred to him as “chair” which made him have some reservations.

Potani says the conversation which he didn’t record, was brief.

He however said: “I wish I recorded that conversation.”

After Potani  finished tendering his evidence, ACB paraded its third witness in the case, Judge Dingiswayo Madise.

Madise told the court that Judge Mike Tembo  – who was the first to testify in the case – alerted fellow judges that Mpinganjira wanted to have Potani’s number and upon having a discussion over it, they had no serious reservations because of the calibre of Mpinganjira in society.

He said they agreed to give Mpinganjira the number for Justice Potani.

Madise said the judged  they had the conversation at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe when they were waiting for their convoy to go to court.

During his testimony, he also told the court that Mpinganjira complained to Judge Tembo that Potani was being evasive in receiving the parcel which contained money.

At this point, Mpinganjira wanted to give the parcel to Judge Tembo that he could deliver it to Potani himself which he declined.

He said Potani then suggested that they should report the matter to the Chief Justice who should in turn report to the ACB.

Madise further told the court that  Mpinganjira, in a conversation with his cousin  Brown Mpinganjira a politician and spokesperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was told that Potani was receiving the money which Madise said no judge received.

The court adjourned  the case to 2pm on Tuesday when the fourth witness Judge Redson Kapindu is expected to be cross-examined.

ACB director Reyneck Matemba has told the court that Kapindu is in Mangochi and that he will be available  in the afternoon.

He has also told the court that they will be concluding testifying on Friday when their last witnesses, that include Judge Ivy Kamanga and ACB’s  three of its investigators as will testify as witnesses.

During the trial it has been noted that the judges did not report Mpinganjira’s alleged bribery attempt to ACB within 48 hours as stipulated by the Corrupt Practices Act.

Mpinganjira is answering charges under the Corruption Practice Act. The charges include offering an advantage to a public officer, attempting to induce public officers to exercise functions of their offices corruptly and purportedly attempting to influence public officers by offering K100 million to Constitutional Court judges.

He was arrested on January 22, 2020 following a formal complaint from Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to the ACB on November 28, 2019 that two of the five judges hearing the presidential election nullification petition case reported bribery attempts.

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Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

So you report to ACB using a proxy yet these judges are all adults. Very stupid . This case will only succeed because it is continuation of the judiciary and tonse to finish dpp and all it key supporters

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

professionalism is all gone.. iimagine such our small country Chanco poly the places we thought could produce highly qualified indivoduals now some are tops but their hands on duties are crap. name of engineers qualified from Poly and look at what structure we have i . all crap. no tangible bridges let alone roads. single lane from nthawi ya atsamunda and pot holes plus plus if not zigamba and migula so called humps that squashes exhaust pipes not done by engineers but ma venda. yet the govt paid for their education. koma nyasi zenizeni. ma lawyers ma jaji ambili basi… Read more »

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Mpinganjira kumeneko kunali ngatikukaba mfuti ku army. You are wasting the judges time since there are thousands of people seeking justice from them.

DRAKE
DRAKE
8 months ago

The Judges have goofed big time if what I am reading is correct, Like Not recording the Phone discussion, Not Reporting to ACB in the required 48hrs and many other questionable allegations against Mpiganjira.

phiri
8 months ago

NOT RECORDED? ZOPANDA UMBONI IZI PRO TONSE ALL THE JUDGES IN MALAWI.WHAT A SHAME.TIKAONANA KUMWAMBA

timothy pagonachinda ntamboh

Our honourable judges, koma nanga ndalama munalandira kuchoka kwa Simbi Phiri kuti mugamule mokomera osuma zija, ndiye simuwulura? Palibe chilungamo apa

phiri
8 months ago

do you think MADISE CAN SAY GOOD ABOUT MOINGANJIRA? REMEMBER ALL THE JUDGES ARE PRO TONSE, THIS NKHANI WILL NOT END IN FAVOUR OF MPINGANJIRA.AND DPP FORGET SUING ANYONE WHO IS PRO TONSE, U WILL LOSE,THE JUDGES ARE PRO TONSE

Jerry Rawlings
Jerry Rawlings
8 months ago

Conversation not recorded? Kungowinira Kuti ndi majaji.

Chifundo Ganizani
Chifundo Ganizani
8 months ago

They are all thieves

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

It is just good that DPP is not in government whether he will be found guilty or not, it doesn’t matter.

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