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Thomson Mpinganjira conceals witnesses

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Reyneck Matemba

Businessman Thomson Mpinganjira’s witness was Tuesday heard without the public and media following his request to be heard in camera.

Through his lawyer Patrice Nkhono, Mpinganjira said the identity and nature of the evidence would better be heard without the public and the media.

“It is allowed by law that, if the circumstances demands, the case can be heard in camera if it is in the interest of justice. If it was simply to derail the proceedings, the court would not have allowed it,” he said.

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Nkhono said the defence remains with two or three witnesses and he will be asking that they too be heard in camera.

Anti-Corruption Bureau lawyer Reyneck Matemba said he did not object to the application because he saw sense in the request.

“I will not give you the identity of the witness and also allow me not to discuss the evidence tendered in court as that will defeat the whole purpose of hearing the witness in camera,” he said.

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Mpinganjira stands accused of attempting to bribe the five judges who heard the May 21 2019 presidential election case to rule in favour of former president Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission.

The case has not been without drama as, after he was found with a case to answer, Mpinganjira asked Judge Dorothy DeGabriele to recuse herself.

Mpinganjira accused DeGabriele and President Judge of the High Court Sylvester Kalembera of offering to help him out if he gave them the sum of K300 million.

Mpinganjira also claimed that he had been donating huge sums of money to almost all prominent political parties including Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), UTM and Peoples Party; as such, he was going to be okay with whoever were to win.

He also claimed that DPP and the MCP approached him to take up leadership positions in the parties.

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