The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned to Tuesday, November 24, 2020 a Judge bribery case involving well-known businessman Thom Mpinganjira after the state paraded two more witnesses in the case.
Today, the state paraded two witnesses in the name of Justice Healey Potani who Chaired a panel of five Judges who handled the May 21, 2020 Presidential polls case.
Potani was followed by Justice Dingiswayo Madise.
In his testimony, Potani told the court that the court that Mpinganjira called him and told him that he is running a project and in the conversation, referred to him as “chair” which made him have some reservations.
He said the conversation which he didn’t record, was short.
He however said: “I wish I recorded that conversation”.
On his part, Madise told the court that Judge Mike Tembo alerted fellow judges that Mpinganjira wanted to have Potani’s number and upon having a discussion over it, they had no serious reservations because of the calibre of Mpinganjira in society.
He said they agreed to give Mpinganjira the number for Justice Potani.
Madise has also told the court that Mpinganjira complained to Judge Tembo that Potani was being jumpy in receiving the parcel which was money.
At this point, Mpinganjira wanted to give the parcel to Judge Tembo that he could deliver it to Potani himself which he declined.
He said Potani then suggested that they should report the matter to the Chief Justice who should in turn report to the ACB.
He further said Mpinganjira, in a conversation with his cousin Brown Mpinganjira, was told that Potani was receiving the money which Madise says no judge received.
Meanwhile the case has been adjourned to Tuesday afternoon where the fourth witness Judge Redson Kapindu is expected to be cross-examined.
ACB director Reyneck Matemba has told the court that Kapindu is in Mangochi and that he will be available tomorrow in the afternoon.
He has also told the court that they will be concluding cross-examination on Friday when their last witnesses, that include Judge Ivy Kamanga and ACB’s investigators will be cross-examined.
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