Mpinganjira freed on bail midnight by court in judges attempt bribery over Malawi poll case

A magistrate court in Zomba has granted bail to a prominent Malawi banker Thom Mpinganjira, who has been accused of a suspected attempt to bribe a panel of five judges presiding over the country’s presidential election petition case

Mpinganjira: Could not spend night in custody

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mpinganjira on Wednesday after the bureau received a complaint on December 8 2019 from Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda  alleging that some people were attempting to bribe the five judges of the Constitutional Court.

Mpinganjira spent the afternoon at the ACB offices in Blantyre but was being released from the police station at midnight after the court bail.

The court also quashed a warrant of arrest by ACB on Mpinganjira as irregular.

Hundreds of people gathered at ACB offices and chanted “Thief! Thief!” as he was being whisked away by tight security to a police station.

But at police station, scores of his sympathisers gathered to hold a vigil claiming his arrest was work of opposition smear campaign.

Mpinganjira, an accountant, is the former founding chief executive of the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE). He left to open private First Discount House (FDH) which later evolved into a bank and has a nationwide branch network.

He is also a board chairman of state-run power utility Escom.

Many people in Malawi have said he is connected to the ruling party, but he has always denied links.

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Malawi belong to the citizens.

Shameful act by Zomba magistrate judge. These are the people who makes sure that the poor should remain poor . How can such person be used to bribe judges.He is already rich. Atleast we know who wanted to bribe the judges. La 40 likwana basi.God is great.So he wanted to help his party. We are watching,we want to see the end of the case.

Malawi belong to the citizens.

Shameful act by the Zomba magistrate judge. Adyetsedwa makobidi amenewo.komano mbiri yapita kwamtundu wa amalawi kut Mr Thomas Mpinganjira is a bad citizen, though he has money to buy judges. Lachi 40 likwanabe just believe. MCP Lachie 40 linawakwanira,anatuluka m’boma.Ndipo UDF Lachi 40 linawakwaniratso ndipo UDF yinatuluka. PP nayonso la 40 linakwana anatuluka. For DPP Lachi 40 liwakwananso it’s just a matter of time. I trust God Almighty. Pangafupike pangatalike adzatuluka m’boma.They will not believe it,but it will happen. DPP continue doing what you know best. There is God in heaven.

Dotolo
Dotolo
1 year ago

Is it not according to legal procuder that the application for quashing the warrant should be made before the same judge who issued the warrant or to a higher court? Why was it done ex-party , without ACB appearance? I also have learned that the Zomba Magistrate ruling is in the name of another Mpingajira not the guy who was arrest.

Chriss
Chriss
1 year ago

Soldier take over….singing , Nundwe phulani dzikoli pamoto singing yaaaah

Llhomalo
Llhomalo
1 year ago

ATUMBUKA WAMBIRI ADAKWATIWA NDI A Lhomwes beacuse of money only za kuba

Lamion
Lamion
1 year ago

Bwanji ma prisoners onse amasulidwe and we should start a fresh chifukwa it seems justice siili bwino pa Malawi. Ma prisoners akatulutsidwa awuzidwe kuti if they repeat the same mistakes awotchedwa. Koma akuzunzidwa ndi ti milandu tochepa pamene anamandwa akugona ku den zawo. Not fair

Mwene
Mwene
1 year ago

Once the warrant is re-instated by the High Court and is charged, DO NOT GRANT HIM BAIL as it has been demonstrated that he is a flight risk!!!!!!!!!!

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

Here comes another mid-night 6. History repeating itself.

Mbuyache
Mbuyache
1 year ago

Bank ya za uchifwamba ya FDH …Lusungu Gondwe trained by Ralf Kasambala kumanda kukuyang.aneni mwanva…Kasambala wawonatu ana ophunzitsa wekha aja akula matako….a Mulli nanu mumakataniko nawe uwona pompano..judge wogwira ntchito mbanda kucha iwe wadya bwanji tigayile

Malawi
Malawi
1 year ago

If Malawi is to improve, please get rid of DPP. Dubiously sold the Bank to this man and all the DPP transactions takes place there. Safe heaven for them. I would not be surprised if money laundering does not take place. This guy is a crook. Matemba said the alleged individual is not affiliated to any party. Who doesn’t know that this is another cadet. The judicial system in Malawi is pathetic. It favours the rich. There are thousands of prisoners today who are still waiting to be tried. Because they are poor , nobody cares. Those who are destroying… Read more »

Razor chakwera
1 year ago
Reply to  Malawi

Yes… Waba mbuzi wagwidwa uyenela kumangidwa..

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