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Three judges testify in Mpinganjira case

 

The State is set to continue parading more judges tomorrow as witnesses in the Thomson Mpinganjira’s attempted bribery case.

This morning, Justice Healy Potani and Dingiswayo Madise testified at the Blantyre High Court, bringing the total number of witnesses to 3.

Potani has told the court that he received a phone call from Mpinganjira at around 9pm on October 9, 2019, asking if the money he was sending was reaching the judges.

Potani says he was uncomfortable when Mpinganjira addressed him as ‘Chair’ in the phone conversation they had at that day.

Madise presented documented conservations and described the conduct of the defendant as ‘offensive’, arguing it is wrong to offer bribes to judges.

Justice Mike Tembo was the first witness in the case, who presented two recorded conversations and WhatsApp chats to the court, two weeks ago.

Mpinganjira is accused of attempting to bribe 5 Constitutional Court judges who were handling the Presidential Elections Case, to favour of the then governing party, the DPP.

The matter continues tomorrow afternoon with the Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB bringing in Justice Redson Kapindu as a fourth witness before finalizing with Justice Ivy Kamanga and three ACB officers on Friday.

After today’s hearing, ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba who is the lead State Prosecutor expressed his content with the pace and progress of the case.

“We are progressing well. In fact, we could have finished all the other witnesses today, only that they are committed in Mangochi where there is an induction course for new judges,” said Matemba.

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On his part, one of the lawyers representing the accused, Patrice Nkhono said, “we have heard the evidence today from the two Justices and I wouldn’t go into details because obviously the comments and the effect of that evidence is something that we are going to be submitting to the court later,” Nkhono said.

The presiding Judge Dorothy De Gabriel has since adjourned the hearing to tomorrow, Tuesday 24th November in the afternoon.

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