Magnet Mpinganjira arrested over election bribery attempt

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested top banker Thom Mpinganjira in connection with allegations that some people were attempting to bribe Constitutional Court judges hearing the elections case.

A statement signed by ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala said Mpinganjira’s arrest follows investigations which the bureau instituted into the matter.

The statement said Mpinganjira will be taken to court after the bureau has recorded a statement from him.

Mpinganjira is the founder of FDH Financial Holdings Limited (FDHFHL), which owns FDH Bank.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo has hailed the graft busting body for the arrest.

Mtambo, whose organization petitioned ACB to arrest attempted bribery suspects, called on the bureau to make sure that the matter has been taken to court.

He said the human rights group also expects to see another arrest on the matter.

The arrest of Mpinganjira came nearly three weeks after the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda filed an official complaint to ACB on the matter.

It also follows a revelation by ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba that one of the suspects is a high ranking official in one of the three arms of government while the other is from the private sector.

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