Mpinganjira case transferred to High Court

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By Christy Gomani

The High Court in Blantyre is expected to set a date for the commencement of trial of a bribery case involving business magnet Thomson Mpinganjira.

This comes after the Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre on Tuesday committed Mpinganjira’s case to be tried to the high court.

The business mogul was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in January on suspicion that he wanted to influence constitutional court judges to rule in favor Peter Mutharika of the DPP in the presidential election case.

Chief Resident Magistrate Simeon Mdeza has committed the case to the high court following the ACB’s application for the matter to be moved from the lower court.

The ACB through the Director General Reyneck Matemba says they are ready for trial to commence as the Bureau has finalised its investigations.

“We applied before the Chief Resident Margistrate to transfer the case in legal term we say to committed to the high court and the court has accepted. So, the procedures that follow thereafter will have to be complied with,” Matemba said.

He added that they are confident that the evidence they have is enough to prove their case as the Bureau only moves in to arrest a suspect once they have completed their investigations.

Reacting to this, one of the lawyers representing Mpinganjira is Patrice Nkhono said they have no problem with the decision that was made.

He further said that what is left is for the court to prepare the record and submit it to the registrar of the high court where arrangements will be made for the case to be allocated to a judge and arrangements will be made for when the trial shall begin.

Mpinganjira is being accused of offering an advantage of MK100 million to public officers on 21st October 2019 as well as attempts to induce public officers to abuse public office.

 

 

 

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