The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said progress of the hearing of the bribery case against retired businessperson Thomson Mpinganjira is satisfactory and likely to end on Friday.
Mpinganjira is accused of trying to bribe a panel of High Court judges sitting as a Constitutional Court to rule the elections case in favour of former president Peter Mutharika.
ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba said this after two judges Healey Potani— who chaired the panel of judges in the election case—and Dingiswayo Madise finished testifying against Mpinganjira Monday.
Matemba said hearing of the case would have finished on Tuesday with their investigators playing the role of witnesses but would finish on Friday instead, ostensibly because the remaining judges are engaged in Mangochi.
“We are making good progress and we could have finished with the witnesses today (Monday) only that some judges are committed in Mangochi, where there is an induction of the new judges,” Matemba said.
Today ACB will parade Judge Redson Kapindu as witness while the turn of Justice Ivy Kamanga and three investigators from the bureau would come on Friday.
Lawyer for Mpinganjira Patrice Nkhono could not comment much on the witnesses paraded so far, indicating that their account was brief.
“We have heard the evidence from the two witnesses but I would not go into the details because the comment and effect of [the body of] those evidences are something that we will be submitting to the court,” Nkhono said.
Unlike Judge Michael Tembo who took two days in the witness box, the two witnesses were brief with confirmation of having communicated to Mpinganjira about a parcel.
Judge Potani brought with him WhatsApp messages and call logs of their conversation with Mpinganjira.
The election case pitted Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima as petitioners against Malawi Electoral Commission and Mutharika as respondents. It went in favour of the petitioners.
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