Government on Friday made a successful last minute move which has prevented seven vehicles belonging to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC0 from being auctioned.
Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said sheriffs received a letter from Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale just before the fall of the hammer, advising them that government would pay off the K90 million debt.
“When we received the letter of commitment from the attorney general, we immediately informed the prospective buyers and the vehicles were immediately withdrawn,” he said.
The electoral body owes a number of companies and organisations huge sums of money because of various services rendered to the pollster in the run up to the 2014 general election.
Mvula, however said some property for MEC which sheriffs seized was not on the auction floor because MEC had obtained a court injunction restraining the sale of the property which included computers.
He said the auction went ahead with other vehicles of other people and companies.
MEC, just like any tax payer funded government, is facing huge financial problems, prompting it to suspend a parliamentary by-election in Mchinji West after the pollster failed to raise K300 million.
Mvula did not say when exactly the government will pay the K90 million.