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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Malawi has arrested business magnate Thom Mpinganjira, FDH Bank CEO, in connection with alleged attempts to bribe Judges handling the election case in the country.

ACB confirmed the arrest in a brief press statement released Wednesday afternoon saying “Mpinganjira will be taken to court after the ACB has recorded a statement from him”.

The statement, dated Jan. 22 and signed by the Bureau’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, says the arrest of the renowned business mogul follows complaints received by the Bureau on bribery attempts made by some individuals towards the judges.

“The ACB instituted investigations into the matter on 22nd January, 2020, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Dr. Mpinganjira in relation to the matter,” reads the statement.

The issue of attempted bribery to the judges came to light earlier in the month when it was revealed that the country’s Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, had written the ACB complaining about the matter.

The revelation caused a buzz both in local mainstream and social media forcing the ACB chief, Reyneck Matemba, to address journalists on the allegations but he refused to name the suspects.

Matemba told journalists then that the farthest he could go in revealing the identities of the suspects was to say “one of them is a business person while the other is in senior position in one of the arms of government”.

Malawians now await the arrest of the other suspect in the case whom the ACB chief identified as a senior public servant in one of the arms of government.

Meanwhile, the five judges in the election case are preparing judgment which is to be handed down to the public between January 27 and February 3, according to the registrar of the high court, Agnes Patemba.

The judges heard the case from August 18 to December 20 and they gave a 45-day period to prepare and pass judgment.

The opposition in the country are seeking nullification of the May presidential election results citing “overwhelming evidence of mismanagement of election results” to favor President Peter Mutharika whom the electoral body declared winner.

President Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission are the defendants in the case while opposition leaders, Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima, are the petitioners. Enditem

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