Mpinganjira case committed to High Court in Malawi judges’ bribery case

The Blantyre  Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday committed to the High Court the corruption-related case against business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira.

Mpinganjira: Case  committed to High Court

The committal came after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  director Reyneck Matemba asked the court to commit the case to the High Court, saying the bureau is ready for trial.

Chief Resident Magistrate Simeon Mdeza has since accepted the application and committed the case to High Court.

Mdeza  said will be preparing a report of the proceedings for the High Court to work on.

One of Mpinganjira’s lawyers, Patrice Nkhono, said the defence had no problem with the case being committed to the High Court, since the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code gives power to commit cases to the High Court.

According to Nkhono, ACB is supposed to submit documents to the defense on the application.

He said: “We haven’t received the disclosures yet from the Anti-Corruption Bureau, but we expect we will be receiving those ones in a little while. And once we get those we can begin to make preparation and be ready for the trial”.

Mpinganjira is accused of attempting to bribe a panel of Constitutional Court Judges who presided over the presidential election case to rule in favour of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

ACB arrested Mpinganjira in January this year after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda complained to the bureau that someone wanted to bridge the five judges who heard the presidential election case as a constitutional referral.

The banker, who is currently on bail, is answering charges related to attempting to induce High Court Judge Mike Tembo and Healey Potani to exercise their functions corruptly by accepting K100 million for that purpose, according to ACB.

Mpinganjira denies any wrong doing.

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Good critic Mtamba
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Good critic Mtamba

Now is the time to face the music pls clean everything this people are evil

clement
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clement

If you want real unrest in Malawi, go ahead with your fucken ideas of harassing innocence ppl.

Wa Nick
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Wa Nick

In your time you didnt know that you were harassing people.

Matako
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Matako

This is an opportunity for the justice system to set an example. This man if found guilty should be given a maximum sentence to deter future behaviour by others. They should throw away the keys for corrupt povo and let him rot in hell.

C Banda
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C Banda

This simple villager asks why does the ACB want the case tried in the High Court? The article does not give me the answer to that question.

Ida
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Ida

Money involved is beyond the jurisdiction of the Magistrate court

C Banda
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C Banda

Thanks for that!

msundwe
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msundwe

Not money but the punishment that the ACB is asking is beyond the jurisdiction of a magistrate

Bamusi
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Si if found guilty, what will be the punishment?

Bengo
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Bengo

He will either be castrated, jailed for 500 Years as the case is serious, or have all his assets seized by the government and sold. Akachita tsoka all the above will be applied.

Mbewe K.Us
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will be 20 years imprisonment with nyekhwerised labor, Kulira ndi kutafuna mano.

BigMan
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BigMan

Not good publicity for the FDH IPO.

msundwe
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msundwe

Very bad timing or akufuna apeze za ku court

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

That’s the end of FDH Bank.

Amuna Kudambo
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Amuna Kudambo

This is when Thom and DPP will realise the real meaning of Nyekhwe!

Extra Point
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Extra Point

Matemba please behave like Chambo please, we want to see this case handled in a most professional way. These crooks should learn there is limit to what money can do.

Mr Truth Pains
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Modecai Msiska turns down appointment as minister of Justice.

Eishiiii ada awa ndi Machine opangira Machine azizake.

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