BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s bribe suspect and business mogul Dr Thom Mpinganjira on Wednesday told the High Court sitting in Blantyre that he gave the Tonse Alliance about MK583 million before June 23, 2020 fresh elections.
Mpinganjira was testifying before Judge Dorothy Degabrielle in his bribery case, which he has entered defence.
Mpinganjira further disclosed that in total, he gave opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) about MK950 million.
In total, he gave Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera MK94 million, UTM President Saulos Chilima MK449 million and People’s Party (PP) Leader Joyce Banda MK40 million.
However, during cross examination by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) lawyer Victor Chiwala, Mpinganjira said he has no evidence to show that Chakwera and Chilima made a monetary request.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mpinganjira after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda complained to the bureau that someone wanted to bridge the five judges who heard the presidential election case as a constitutional referral.
The former banker, is answering charges related to attempting to induce High Court Judges Mike Tembo and Healey Potani to exercise their functions corruptly by accepting MK100 million for that purpose, according to ACB.
He is being accused of offering an advantage to a public officer, attempting to induce a public officer to perform his or her functions corruptly inorder for the five judges to rule in favour of Former President Peter Mutharika, attempting to induce a public Officer to abuse his office and offering an advantage to a public officer.
There has been mixed reaction over Mpinganjira exposure on Tonse alliance arrangement to amass such huge of money.