Thom Mpinganjira

BY GRACIUM C. MKONDA

The Malawi Anti-corruption Board (ACB) has arrested Mr. Thom Mpinganjira few days to the expected judgment on the election petition.

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Mr. Mpinganjira was accused of allegedly conniving with an unnamed government official for allegedly attempting to bribe judges of the constitutional court hearing the case in which the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and United Transformation Movement (UTM) are disputing the outcome of the presidential election.

The Malawi Electoral Commission had in May 2019 declared Prof Peter Mutharika of Democratic progressive Party (DPP) the winner, with 38.57% of the votes counted.

Egrita Ndala, ACB spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of Mr. Mpinganjira to the media, adding that he would “be taken to court shortly.”

The arrest of Mr. Mpinganjira came three days after the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) peacefully led demonstrations and presented a petition to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Executive Director, Reyneck Matemba, demanding that within seven days the board reveal names of those who wanted to bribe judges presiding over the presidential elections case. 

It was said that the judges reported the attempted bribe in November, 2019.

Mr. Mpinganjira is the only Malawian that owns a bank. He is the proprietor of FDH Bank, which is one of Malawi’s leading commercial banks. He is suspected to be one of the influential financiers of the Malawi’s ruling party.

GRACIUM C. MKONDA

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