Anti corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General Reyneck Matemba has disclosed that the case in which business mogul Thom Mpinganjira is being accused of attempting to bribe judges that heard the presidential election petition is slated to proceed on June 30.
Matemba also said his office wants the Chief Resident Magistrates’ Court to commit the matter to the High Court.
He disclosed this when he appeared before the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament to discuss the budget estimates that ACB has been allocated in the 2020/21 national budget.
“We want to move the case to the High court. We think it is going to be handled better in the High Court than the magistrates’ court. It is a big case and it has attracted public attention,” Matemba said.
ACB arrested Mpinganjira in January this year after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda complained to the bureau that someone wanted to bridge the five judges who heard the presidential election case as a constitutional referral.
The banker, who is currently on bail, is answering charges related to attempting to induce High Court Judge Mike Tembo and Healey Potani to exercise their functions corruptly by accepting K100 million for that purpose, according to ACB.
Mpinganjira is also being accused of attempting to induce a public officer to abuse his office apparently by attempting to persuade Tembo and Potani to accept the bribe and rule the election case in favour of President Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission who were the respondents in the case.
Supreme Court of Appeal judge, Lovemore Chikopa, was also being investigated in relation to the matter before the graft-busting body later cleared him.