Court throws out Chizuma’s leaked audio case review

Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Martha Chizuma
  • Reprimands Frighton Pompo’s lawyer; orders MLS to discipline him

  • Brands it as abuse of court process

The High Court in Lilongwe has dismissed a case which sought permission to investigate the authenticity of a leaked telephone conversation suspected to be between Martha Chizuma and an unknown person arguing that it is an abuse of the court process.

In her determination in the criminal review case, Justice Anabel Mtalimanja ruled in favour of the Anti-Corruption Bureau Director noting that similar applications have been brought before Lilongwe and Blantyre magistrate courts and were dismissed.

The judge set aside the order and the entire proceedings before the Magistrate Court for being vexatious and an abuse of the court process.

Frighton Phompho sought for a review of an order and criminal proceedings against the ACB Director and the investigation was intended to lead to the prosecution of Chizuma for allegedly disclosing official information to someone who does not work with the Bureau.

Kaukonde
Happy with the court's ruling: Kaukonde

The Court further condemned Phompho’s lawyer Michael Goba-Chipeta for his apparent unethical conduct in commencing the same proceedings in all the three courts.

Justice Mtalimanja has since directed the Malawi Law Society (MLS) to look into his professional conduct for possible disciplinary sanctions.

Meanwhile, lead lawyer for Chizuma Martha Kaukonde, has welcomed the ruling.

"We are of the view that this is a very good judgment."