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Judiciary interdicts two magistrates, fires Mlenga Mvula

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By Mandy Pondani:

The Judicial Service Commission has fired its spokesperson Mlenga Mvula and interdicted two third grade magistrates in Blantyre and Mzuzu on grounds of indiscipline and unprofessionalism.

In a letter that we have seen, other magistrates and judicial officers have been transferred.

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Registrar of the High Court, Agness Patemba, confirmed Mvula’s firing and the two interdictions but kept a tight lid on the redeployments.

“Yes I can confirm that Mlenga Mvula is no longer judiciary spokesperson; he has been fired after all the necessary procedures were taken by the commission on his case. And it is true two magistrates have been interdicted, one from Blantyre and another in Mzuzu,” Patemba said.

Asked on details regarding the interdictions, Patemba said: “It is not information that has to be in the public domain.”

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Patemba said the commission is still deliberating on the matter involving third grade magistrate TrustGod Mkandawire of Edingeni, who was also suspended on allegations of unethical practice.

Mvula was in September 2017 arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) following reports that he corruptly solicited money and other favours from the United Methodist Church in the names of High Court judges and the Attorney General’s office.

ACB spokesperson, Egritta Ndala, said Mvula solicited up to K10.7 million from Reverend Daniel Mhone and other two senior members of the church, promising that he would influence the outcome of a case between one Reverend Jawati and the church in question.

After the arrest Mvula, was suspended from his position pending internal investigations.

Asked on the progress of the case ACBs Director General Reyneck Matemba, said Wednesday the matter was last week committed to the High Court for trial.

“Ideally, the case was to be tried at the High Court but most magistrates recused [Mvula] being someone they know and worked with for some time. So we applied that it should go to the higher court,” Matemba said.

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