Kaphale saves Malawi $132m on network licence case

Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has saved Malawi government from paying dK55.4 billion (about US$132 million) damages Malawi Mobile Limited (MML), the country’s third cellular phone service provider licenced in April 2002, demanded in court as compensation for loss of revenue for unlawful cancelling of contract.

Kaphale: Saves government from paying out billions in compesation

Kaphale: Saves government from paying out billions in compesation

High Court Commercial Division ruling by Judge Frank Kapanda on April 20 2012 awarded MML US$66, 85 million  as damages for ‘unlawfully’ cancellation of mobile licence agreement between MML and MACRA.

Macra in 2005 cancelled a renewed mobile licence agreement with MML following unlawful and unconstitutional action of then Attorney General (AG) Ralph Kasambara decision to suspend the Macra board and invalidating the resolutions of the board retrospectively.

But Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (Macra) through lawyer, Kalekeni Kaphale and now Attorney General appealed against the damages arguing the company has no basis to demand such money.

Kaphale argued that the MML which is run by Malawians with majority shares owned by South Africans,  doesn’t need to claim such amount because it failed to prove its financial capacity.

“Three years after given the contract, it didn’t set up any structure in Malawi worth to demand such claim,” argued Kaphale.

Supreme Court panel of three judges Andrew Nyirenda, Edward Twea and Richard Chinangwa overturned the lower court’s ruling.

MML registration

MML was registered as a Private Company under registration number 6375 at the Office of the
Registrar of Companies in Blantyre and a Mobile Telephone Licence, valid for 15 years, was issued to
MML on April 19, 2002 by MACRA.

The initial investment Capital outlay is US$15 million likely to increase to US$ 40 million in 10 years.

The Company is owned by three investors namely Finanz Capital Management Private Limited of South Africa with 55 per cent Shares, Finanz Holdings Limited of Mauritius with 35 per cent Shares, and 3x Telecommunications with 10 percent Shares.

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KING SOLO'S WISDOM
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RATHER B A SCIENTIST THAN LAWYER.LAWYERS USUALLY CONTRADICT EACH OTHER FOR SELFISH REASONS AND MOST ARE GREEDY FOR MONEY AND R CORUPT

Tax payer
Guest

Theif Kasamba probably cancelled the lincence on purpose so he could share the compasation with these south african theives who registered the company specifically for that purpose, to have the license cancelled and then appeal for compasation. The commercial division so called judge kapanga is probably a mafia and should be arrested, what kind of Malawian would be that daft enough to give away tax payers money to foreigners. Does he think a Malawian company would be treated like that in a foreign country?

Clement
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Kkkk comment reserved.

Ding Dong
Guest

bravo bwana AG

mathews
Guest

Kaphale is a genius….the only malawian lawyer with a distinction in commercial law. Ur my hero sir…

Malawi citizen
Guest

good news

Malawi citizen
Guest

Where was this good lawyer and now AG. Si sinazija ayi zongokhalira corruption basi.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
Guest

GOOD OF YOU BWANA KAPHALE, OTHERS HAVE BE CORRUPTED, LETTING THE GVT TO PAY MORE MONEY AND SHARE, WHERE IN THE WORLD ALWAYS LOOSING CASES, THAT IS ONLY MALAWI ——- SORRY MALAWI.

Nkhata
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Malawi needs pipo like u,if malawi can have 10 pipo like u we can save alot. We r very proud of u Worship Kaphale

mbambande
Guest

Bravo Bwana Kaphale. Real Lawyer. Nanga case iliyonse settled out of court kungofuna kudya ma costs.

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