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Mpinganjira found with a case to answer

The High Court in Blantyre has found business tycoon Thomson Mpinganjira with a case to answer for allegedly attempting to bribe five Constitutional Court judges

Delivering her ruling today, Judge Dorothy DeGabriel said the evidence which was provided by the state in form of audio recordings and screenshots of WhatsApp messages indicate that Mpinganjira was sent to give money to Healey Potani who was chairperson for the panel of five judges.

Mpinganjira is being accused of offering money to five constitutional court judges who presided over elections case so that they rule in favour of the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP.

Before Thursday’s ruling, the state had already paraded all its seven witnesses which include the judges that presided over the said case as well as two investigative officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

One of the lawyers for the accused, Patrice Nkhono says he will be discussing with his client on whether to enter defense or remain silent as provided for by the constitution;

“We accept the ruling. When we meet on the 11th of May, we will report to the court whether our client will be called to give evidence or other witnesses will be giving evidence,” said Mpinganjira’s lead lawyer.

Chief Legal and Prosecutions Officer for the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Victor Chiwala is the and lead lawyer in the case said;

“We have heard the ruling, we are happy and that is what we actually wanted”

Mpinganjira was arrested by the ACB on January 22 last year on the same case.

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Judge DeGabriel has since maintained Mpinganjira’s bail tied to the conditions that were earlier given when the initial bail was granted.

The matter has since been adjourned to the 11th of next month.

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