The High Court sitting in Lilongwe will today rule on the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)’s application to stay the decision by Judge Kenyetta Nyirenda to recuse himself in the case involving former Inspector General of Police George Kainja.
Kainja is challenging his arrest.
The graft-busting body applied to the court seeking Nyirenda’s recusal claiming that the information involved was sensitive and that it had to do with the Zuneth Sattar Report which the ACB has in its possession.
However, Nyirenda refused to recuse himself.
ACB lawyer Chrispin Khunga said in an interview that they are waiting for judgement on the application they made to stay Kenyatta’s decision.
“After he refused to recuse himself, the ACB made an application for stay of the decision. So, there is a new date that has come out, October 31 2022, when the judge will give a judgement on the application to stay that decision. As such, we are waiting for judgement for our application for stay,” he said.
Nyirenda dismissed, with costs, the application by ACB asking him to recuse himself.
He said the ACB failed to cite any law under which the application for recusal was brought.
ACB arrested Kainja in June this year on allegations of corrupt dealings in a police food rations contract awarded to Zuneth Sattar’s firm.
The arrest came after the ACB presented its report to President Lazarus Chakwera in which it listed a number of public and private sector players as being involved in corrupt deals in connection with Sattar.
Kainja was arrested on June 23 2022 on suspicion that he received an advantage from Sattar on account of influencing a procurement contract, reference number MPS/ SB/16/04/2021, to supply 350,000 food ration packs.