The election which ended with President Peter Mutharika winning his second term is far from being accepted. Malawi’s anti-graft body has announced the alleged attempts to bribe the judges dealing with the case linked to the election are now being probed.
Earlier, the opposition parties – Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Transformation Movement (UTM) – claimed the poll completed on 21 May 2019 had been tainted with fraud as the result sheets had allegedly been tampered with. In August, they approached Malawi’s top court calling on to annul the results.
Yesterday, Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) advised it had received a complaint from Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda. He revealed that bribes had been offered to the five judges presiding over the case.
“I can confirm that we received the complaint from the chief justice,” ACB head Reyneck Matemba told the media, adding the “names of the suspects” could not be released at the moment.
According to judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba, the case will be handled by the ACB.