The High Court will today deliver its judgement on the case involving business magnate Thom Mpinganjira, who is alleged to have attempted to bride judges.
Mpinganjira is being accused of attempting to bribe a panel of five judges who heard the presidential election case to rule in favour of former president and Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission.
The judgement, criminal case number 7 of 2020, is expected to be made by Judge Dorothy DeGabriele, who Mpinganjira wanted out of the case at some point.
“Take notice that the High Court will on 10 day of September at 10:00 O’clock in the forenoon deliver judgement for the above-mentioned case before Hon Judge D.A DeGabriele sitting at Blantyre High Court,” reads communication from the High Court.
Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Gladys Gondwe confirmed that judgement would be made today.
Mpinganjira was found with a case to answer on April 15 2021.
In his testimony, Mpinganjira alleged that he had been making huge donations and lending huge amounts of money to political parties in the country ahead of the May 21 2019 and June 23 2020 presidential elections.
Mpinganjira mentioned four major political parties in the country, namely Malawi Congress Party, Democratic Progressive Party, UTM and People’s Party as the major beneficiaries of his benevolence.
The State paraded nine witnesses, including five judges, in the case.
Mpinganjira was arrested in January 2020 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda complained to the bureau that a business person and a public servant wanted to bribe the five judges who presided over the 2019 presidential election case.