Justices Potani, Madise give brief testimonies in Mpinganjira bribery trial


Two state witnesses, Justice Healy Potani and Justice Dingiswayo Madise appeared in court on Monday morning to testify in the case in which business magnet Thom Mpinganjira stands accused of attempting to bribe High Court judges who presided over the presidential election case.

Their apperance was brief as they had to go back to Mangochi where newly-appointed Justices of the Supreme court are being inducted; but excused themselves just to attend the hearing.

Justice Potani in court said he never got any parcel from Mpinganjira. 

Justice Madise during his brief appearance said Justice Tembo told the panel of judges that Mpinganjira had told him there was money in a parcel.

He explained that Justice Potani was offended by that and they approached Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda who reported the matter to the ACB. 

Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Reyneck Matemba said the ACB is happy with the way the trial is going.

Tuesday will see Justice Redson Kapindu then Justice Ivy Kamanga taking to the stand with investigation officers to be paraded on Friday.

The Director said he could not comment on the merit of their case but said the issue of a parcel that Mpinganjira had wanted delivered to Potani will be looked at in totality and not in isolation. 

“That is why we are bringing in different witnesses for each of them to tell the court what they know, know from others but what they know themselves. Each of them is telling the court what they told us,” Matemba said.

Counsel for Mpinganjira Patrice Nkhono said they have heard the evidence from Justice Potani and Madise describing it as brief.

“I wouldn’t go into the detail because obviously the comments and effect of that evidence is something, we will be submitting to the court later. It was quite brief.

“This is different from Justice Micheal Tembo’s which was extensive, we had have him for couple of days,” Nkhono said.