FDH Bank officials in court for contempt: Maranatha Academy demands damages

Four top officials of the fastest growing commercial bank, FDH Bank Limited have been dragged to court for contempt in an outstanding case between the bank and privately owned Maranatha Girls Academy Limited.

Ouattara: FDH Bank boss in court for contempt

FDH Managing Director, Eric Ouattara, deputy Managing Director, William Mpinganjira, Head of Credit and Rehabilitation, Arthur Yapuwa and Recoveries Manager, Joseph Khonje have been dragged to court for “blatantly and contemptuously” disobeying two High Court orders stopping the bank from seizing the academy’s property and let alone selling it.

Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula confirmed  FDH Bank bosses have been summoned to court and that “once found guilty, they risk being  fined or given custodial sentences.”

Mvula said hearing of the matter  will take place in Judge’s chambers on May 18, 2017.

According to a Notice of Motion for Warrant of Committal dated April 25th, 2017 which Nyasa Times has seen, the four are expected to be in court on May 18th, 2017 under Civil Cause number 681 of 2013 between the bank and the school.

This follows an Order for Leave the academy obtained on the same day for the court to hold the said bank officials in contempt by defying an order given by the same court on September 27th, 2013 and January 6th, 2014 wherein an injunction was granted stopping the bank either by itself, its servants or agent from realizing Maranatha Girls Academy Limited’s property Title Number 7/45 in South Lunzu, Blantyre.

Maranatha at first asked FDH Bank Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Thom Mpinganjira, to answer contempt charges.

The school has since changed the legal mind, saying Mpinganjira belongs to the Holdings unlike the four who are for FDH Bank Limited, in this case involved in the legal battle with Maranatha Girls Academy and not the Holdings.

“The four are holding this court in contempt by blatantly and contemptuously disobeying an order given by this court on September 27, 2013 and January 6, 2014, wherein an injunction was granted restraining the Respondent [FDH Bank] either by itself, its servants or agents from realising security in title number South Lunzu 7/45 in the city of Blantyre until the determination of this matter or a further order of the court,” reads part of the court notice to the four.

The academy had used the property as surety to obtain a loan from FDH Bank, a subsidiary of FDH Financial Holdings Limited, amounting to K281, 820 906.47.

The loan has been outstanding for several years and the bank has been trying to recover the money by selling the provided collateral.

However, the academy obtained an injunction stopping the bank from realizing the property and sought court declaration on the matter. The school accused the bank of flouting Section 68 of the Registered Land Act.

And the High Court in Blantyre in April, 2016 ordered the bank to pay the school K392 million as compensation for loss and damage arising from a breach of three months statutory notice.

The court had reduced an earlier compensation in which it ordered the bank on April 4th, 2015 to pay the academy K784 830 909.16.

In his determination then, Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda pointed out that 50 percent of the amount should be paid “outright as FDH prepares appeal or any other subsequent action.”

It is not yet known if the bank paid the 50 percent of the amount, but the academy once engaged the Sheriff of Malawi to seize office equipment from the bank’s Umoyo House Branch in Blantyre to enforce payment of the compensation.

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Nachisale
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When bravery marries stubbornness, there is very high probability of one being unstoppable on way to committing suicide. As simple as the matter was right then could not have reached to the point of very important bank top most officials risking imprisonment. Its just all about putting things in order then you prevent such embarrassments. You choose not to listen to professional advice, yes, you are so free to do that but you are never free to choose consequences. You can’t choose risking imprisonment. Yet you will pretend you are professional. Prevent double shame or double embarrass your self. Highly… Read more »
jack
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FDH is multiplying its battles . Now its against court, against poor reputation , against competitors (bankers) who shall take advantage of their situation their are yet to mess up. The list continues including managing, containing the confidence of these charged top bank officials.
It will be even more expensive than what they foresee. Someone help them please. Advise the leadership kindly and professionally like a stitch in time saves nine. Complying with court orders will help them so much.

Jonah
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take care ,Tom is very corrupt,u think to steal the bank From Zimbabwe was ajoke he had to buy all judges .Even this corrupt bastard Justice Kapanda pocketed 10 million From the bank .Malawi justice is sold to the monkies. You are fighting abig snake they can do anything corrupt, kill and shed blood they dont care.

Kimbet
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Sad l dont understand ,cant yuo discuss, destroying ur names and businesses like this understand u are all sdas l thought we learn about forgiveness.swallow ur pride

Zyanya
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Shaaaa satheka watheka Inu mukuganiza kutibela MSB bank mizimu ikukondwa. Bank imeneyo 2019 chakwela akalowa tikulanda komaso amalawi kupusa Mumthu wakubelani mukupitanso kukasegula maccount konko kumulemelesa kwambiri .nde izo onse oyendesa bank akumangidwa ndalama zathu mayooo mayoo kumeneko tingochoka

Kimbet
Guest

Tom ndi ongaza u mean wazichosapo kuikapo mwana sambi kumaso izi ndi minyama mukumbukila ife anatichosa amaganiza kuti ife

Kimbet
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You mean fdh bank is failing to pay,no guys why demeaning the bañk and why not listen to the court. Akumanganitu u cant tale chances . Muonongesa ndalama za anthu musaiwale mukusunga ndalama za anthu. People are not safe please clean you mess ,

Loyd
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Why fdh gurús and maranatha Just discuss the issue ine ndine mmodzi wa Inu uyu asike, uyu asike please my brothers l mean Tom and Ernest discuss this matter and resolve amicably muonesa kukhwima not what u are doing apapa Thanks

Rodgers
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Yes the snake has been exposed my worry is wina asowesedwa wina apa nkulu es bañk uja ndi mafia ndiokhwima l work there amadya wina wake anampasa phuli kuti isaziwike anangomsowesa sakuziwa kuti ali kuti bank ija anachita kuba kwa magai Zimbabwe achina kahia, blood sheding iyee sivuto komaso ndimamva kuti he is satánic .dikilani muone chimene ampange nzakeyu nkokula chifu bad. Nditindalamatu he Thinks he is next to God koma Mulungu simunthu

Debra
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Vuto la thom samva wamangitsa mwana kuprison akumugona mwanayo nanji ndiokopngola William

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