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Thom Mpinganjira sentence October 5

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Thomson Mpinganjira

The High Court sitting in Blantyre will on October 5 deliver a sentence in the Thomson Mpinganjira judge bribery case.

High Court Judge Dorothy DeGabriele convicted Mpinganjira on September 10 this year and remanded him at Chichiri Prison.

The notice of date for the delivery of sentence says DeGabriele will deliver the sentence in the morning.

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“Take notice that the High Court will, on 5th day of October 2021 at 10:00 in the forenoon, deliver a sentence for the above-mentioned case before Honourable D.A DeGabriele sitting at Blantyre High Court,” the notice reads.

Mpinganjira was found guilty of attempting to bribe five judges of the High Court— who were sitting as a constitutional court and were presiding over the May 21 2019 presidential election case— to rule in favour of former president Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission.

Mpinganjira denied the charges and paraded two witnesses, who included himself, to prove his innocence.

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On donations that he made to the Democratic Progressive Party, Mpinganjira said he made donations to all the leading political parties such as Malawi Congress Party, Democratic Progressive Party, United Democratic Party, UTM and Peoples Party and that, as such, he was okay with whoever would have won the 2019 election.

On the other hand, the Anti-Corruption Bureau, which was being represented by Solicitor General Reyneck Matemba, paraded all the five judges and an official from the bureau to prove the case.

The hearing was without drama as Mpinganjira fought the court to have his case heard at the Magistrate Court, an application which DeGabriele turned down.

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