Bribe suspect, Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira was on Wednesday walked out of police cell after being formally charged on three counts by the Blantyre Magistrate court.
Dr. Mpinganjira who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FDH Holdings was re – arrested on Tuesday evening following High court judge Dorothy Nyakaunda Kamanga’s order for the Anti Corruption Bureau ( ACB) to reinstate his warrant of arrest which was cancelled by the Zomba magistrate’s Benedicto Chitsakamile.
It is alleged that between 1st – 30th October, 2019, Dr. Mpinganjira is said to have offered 100 million Kwacha to Justice Mike Tembo for him and other judges presiding over the Presidential Elections Case to decide the case to favour President professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)
Appearing before court, Lawyers for Dr. Mpinganjira argued that their client should be given bail because he runs FDH Bank, is a Board member of ESCOM among others.
Dr. Mpinganjira has been ordered to surrender his travel documents, he should be reporting to ACB every fortnight and should not interfere with the witnesses.
The court has also ordered two of Dr. Mpinganjira’s own surety to pay a cash bond of 3 million Kwacha while Mpinganjira himself 2 million Kwacha.
Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira hails from Dzungu village in the area of traditional authority Bvumbwe in Thyolo district.