Mpinganjira spends night in cooler after ACB’s re-arrest, to seek bail

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday evening re-arrested business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe High Court of Malawi judges set to deliver judgement in the presidential election nullification petition case after the High Court of Malawi faulted Zomba’s Magistrate Court order that quashed his initial warrant of arrest.

Mpinganjira rearrested

The re-arrest comes o ne week after the graft-busting body initially picked Mpinganjira for his alleged role in the attempt.

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said Mpinganjira would be taken to a magistrate court on Wednesday to be formally charged and he can have his bail bid.

“We will formally charge him [Wednesday] at 9am and will also proceed with bail application hearing,” said Matemba.

The High Court dismissed the order given by Zomba-based principal resident magistrate Ben Chitsamile on the midnight of January 22 2020, cancelling the initial warrant the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court had granted the ACB, saying it was illegal, incorrect and improper.

In her judgement, Judge Dorothy NyaKaunda Kamanga said the Zomba Magistrate midnight order was irregular because the file that Chitsakamire had based his ruling on had insufficient information and missing documents.

The High Court has also ordered High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal registrar to refer private practice lawyer Lusungu Gondwe and  Zomba principal resident magistrate Chitsamile  to Judicial Service Commission for disciplinary action over the manner the initial warrant of arrest was quashed.

In the case, two of the presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections—UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima (the first petitioner) and Malawi Congress Party candidate Lazarus Chakwera (the second petitioner)—want the court to nullify presidential election results, the five-judge panel comprising Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo have  indicated that they would deliver their judgement on Monday February 3 2020.

The petitioners wants fresh elections over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party, who was declared winner of the elections, is the first respondent with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

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MNENERI WA MALAWI
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MNENERI WA MALAWI

wagwetsa business uyu why Supporting Politicans now he has known that Politics its a DIRTY game

Ecclessia
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Ecclessia

I don’t think Mpinganjira resembles the man you arrested……Look at the man in the car properly….

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
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Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni

How on earth could Mr Mpinganjira possibly be deceived by the devil this way? He could retire tomorrow if he wanted to, he could possibly buy whatever he wanted with the highest price tag, Why putting one’s reputation this way? I mean no one would ever respect him for all the efforts he undertook to create the FDH brand Gosh! How does he undo this bad publicity? It’s a toll order for himself and his company.

Malawi belong to the citizens.
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Wamangidwatso wandalama uja,shame, kumangidwa twice within a short period of time chifukwa cha bribes kumatiwonongera dziko lathu,Kut inuyo muzingolemerabe,la 40 likwana limakwanadi.Kuli Chiuta kumwamba uku. DPP paulendo paulendo mwawononga dziko kwabas.kuwasiya ma supporters anu manja ali Khosi umphawi utavuta.When it’s time for change, change will come. All cadets should keep the peace.

Mtete
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Mtete

A word of warning to the overzealous cadets. You will be used and later dumped just like AnaAchepa who was left to fend for himself after the road accident in Dedza. Likewise DPP and greedy politicians, particularly APM and Gondwe, have used Mpinganjira since the much hated sell of MBS which, being a public entity, was too concipicous as a conduit for syphoning taxpayers money to benefit few individuals. They had to sell the Bank to make sure few or no questions are asked during shady deals. Now they have left him to loose credibility Just imagine, no one knows… Read more »

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Thumbs up ACB

TIPEX ELECTIONS
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Kuti Phwaaaaaa! Boom boom! Kwavuta kumpanda. Time for DPP to see manyi

Bribery everywhere, magistrate, judges, MEC
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Bribery everywhere, magistrate, judges, MEC

He looks very old in the pic. Wakalamba nayo milandu nthawi yomweyi

charombanthu
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charombanthu

This is a big dent on his profession and he knows it. Sakudya munthu uyu. kkkkkkk

Moya
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Moya

Who witnessed him sleeping at the coolers? Wakagona ku hptel under cover. No paparazzi supervision at the jail. Amalawi tulo.

Digging Deeper
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Digging Deeper

Bail is 100 per cent assured. This is all a plan to prepare country to accept a judgement by ConCourt in favour of APM and MEC. Because then they will tell Malawians look ACB arrested Mpingagira so Judges are neutral. Let’s remain focused to the ConCourt judgement which matters more than these games that ACB, the judiciary and APM are playing . At worse Mpingagira will have to sleep in a police or prison cell eating food sent from his house and sleeping on a mattress sent from his house but only until after ConCourt judgement when he will be… Read more »

Mitengo
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Mitengo

Then fresh election which doesn’t gaurantee victory for the petitioners. Victory is up for grabs.

kanchenga
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kanchenga

That’s the greatness of justice

Mtete
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Mtete

Unless you mean Bribery is not a crime. Otherwise Mpinganjira will pay a price for the wrong done.

ANA ACHEPA
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ANA ACHEPA

100% zachamba izi.Akudziwana anthuwa….mavuto alipo ndipo anthu amenewa apha anthu sizinaoneke mungoti chete.Ma cadet azipanga izi masana monga mmene amapangila