Malawi Mogul Has Case to Answer in Judges' Bribery Case - Court

A High Court judge has found business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira has a case to answer in connection with a suspected attempt to bribe a panel of five judges presiding over Malawi's presidential election vote-rigging case in 2020. The judge said that evidence brought by the State proved elements of attempting to bribe the judges that presided over the historic presidential election nullification case. Mpinganjira was dragged to court by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on suspicion that he tried to bribe five constitutional court judges to sway justice in favour of former president Peter Mutharika.

In February 2020, Malawi's top court found the first election had been marred by widespread irregularities, including the use of correction fluid to tamper with result sheets. The landmark ruling made Malawi just the second African country to have presidential poll results set aside, after Kenya in 2017. Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera won the presidential election re-run with 58.57% of the vote in a dramatic reversal of fortune for then incumbent Mutharika.

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