Convicted business mogul and philanthropist Thomson Mpinganjira was on Sunday taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre for a medical check-up due to illness.
While confirming the matter on Monday, Malawi Prison Service spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba declined to comment further, saying it was not ethical to disclose the health status of prisoners.
He said: “We are not allowed to talk to the media on such issues and we cannot comment on any of that [Mpingajira’s illness]. So, no comment.”
Chichiri Prison in-charge Thomas Damba also declined to comment on the matter and referred The Nation back to Shaba.
But Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) radio earlier quoted Damba as having said that Mpinganjira was taken to QECH on Sunday around 10am for medical examination.
One of Mpinganjira’s lawyers, Patrice Nkhono, said as of on Monday he was yet to get a report on the matter.
The High Court of Malawi on September 10 2021 found Mpinganjira guilty of attempting to bribe five judges of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court who presided over the historic presidential election nullification case.
Currently, the business mogul is on remand at Chichiri Prison pending sentencing.