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Anti-Corruption Bureau still probing Thom Mpinganjira

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Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said it is yet to conclude full investigations into a complaint which Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda lodged in relation to the alleged attempt to bribe five High Court judges who were presiding over the presidential election case at the Constitutional Court.

ACB in January this year arrested businessman Thom Mpinganjira on allegations that he offered money to the five judges as an inducement to tilt the court outcome in favour of some parties.

The charge sheets for Mpingaira indicate that he offered the five judges K100 million as a bribe. However, the judges declined the bribe and reported the matter to Nyirenda.

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ACB spokesperson, Egrita Ndala, said the bureau was still investigating the matter to pave the way for commencement of trial.

“We are still investigating the whole complaint that we received from the Chief Justice in relation to the judges’ bribery case. If everything goes according to our plans, we hope to finish the investigations in a few weeks,” Ndala said.

She said the case which the bureau is focusing its investigations on is the one which Mpinganjira, now on court bail, was arrested for.

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After investigations, Ndala said ACB will try to make public the steps which it will take so that the public and other interested people might be able to follow the proceedings.

ACB earlier announced that it had received five complaints from different parties and individuals in relation to bribery allegations targeting the five judges.

However, only Mpinganjira was arrested and charged by the court in response to a complaint lodged by the Chief Justice.

Immediately after the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, UTM leader Saulos Chilima and his Malawi Congress Party counterpart Lazarus Chakwera moved the Constitutional Court to nullify the presidential election results over rigging claims and electoral irregularities.

The judges, Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga, Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo sitting as a Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, on February 3 2020 nullified the presidential election results and ordered fresh polls within 150 days.

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