Mpinganjira midnight release angers HRDC, Threaten Mega Demos
By Malawi Exclusive
Human Rights Defenders Coalition, has expressed concern over the midnight order discharging the arrest of business mogul Thom Mpinganjira granted by the Zomba Principal Resident Magistrate Ben Chitsakamile.
Mpinganjira was arrested Wednesday by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection to the alleged judge bribery attempt in the presidential election nullification petition case,
In a statement made available to Malawi Exclusive signed by the coalition’s national chairpersonTimothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence, HRDC says what has happened has no precedence in Malawi and can only happen in a banana republic and not in a country that follows rule of law.
“What is even more absurd is that the order for Mpinganjira’s release came from Zomba. It is hard to make sense of the reasoning behind travelling to Zomba in the middle of the night to procure an illegitimate order in the darkness of the night in order to release from custody a person facing charges of trying to bribe Justices of the Constitutional Court” reads part of the statement.