Top banker Mpinganjira free after arrest, custody order cancelled

Written by  MBC Online

Top banker Thomson Frank Mpinganjira was Wednesday night freed after a magistrate court in Zomba cancelled his warrant of arrest and custody hours after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested him in Blantyre earlier in the day.

Mpinganjira: Freed after arrest, custody order cancelled. Mpinganjira: Freed after arrest, custody order cancelled.
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Mpinganjira, group CEO of FDH Bank and holding company and the first Malawian to own a bank,  was arrested earlier on allegations that he attempted to bribe judges handling the Presidential election case waiting a verdict by a panel of five judges.


The Zomba magistrate court heard the affidavit of Peter Mpinganjira, his sibling,  which was filed in support of the application by the top banker to have the order for warrant of arrest and custody cancelled.


The court ruled that  upon hearing the affidavit of the brother to Mpinganjira and considering sections 18 and 42 of the constitution and section 96 of the criminal procedure and evidence code, , “it is hereby ordered, directed and adjudged that the warrant of arrest issued on January 21 , 2020 by the magistrate court at Lilongwe be and is hereby cancelled forthwith.”

 

The order said “consequently an order be and is hereby issued directing the State [including but not limited to the Anti Corruption Bureau and the officer ibn charge of Blantyre police station] to forthwith release the applicant Dr Thomson Frank Mpinganjira from custody.”


The court said any further prosecution steps of the Mpinganjira by the ACB “be and shall be taken by way of summons under section 84 of the criminal procedure and evidence code.”

 

The cour order was dated January 22, but did not provide the full name of the magistrate but only a signature with with a court seal dated Zomba, Malawi.

 

The application was prepared and filed on behalf of Mpinganjira by lawyers Ritz Attorneys at Law from Blantyre.

 

In a statement by ACB's senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala, the bureau summoned Mpinganjira to their office in Blantyre for a cautionary statement following investigations that the bureau instituted after receiving complaints on the alleged bribery of the judges.

 

The statement says Mpinganjira will soon appear before court after recording of the statement.

 

ACB Director Reyneck Matemba told MBC last week that the Bureau received 5 complaints from the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and some political parties alleging that some individuals made attempts to bribe the 5 judges handling the presidential election case.

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