Malawi government has been ordered by High Court in Blantyre to pay two entities owned by business magnate Leston Mulli’s about K1.5 billion for damages the companies suffered during the July 20, 2011 anti-government demonstrations.
This brings the total to about K2 billion as in March this year the same court ordered the government to pay Mulli Brothers K660 million as compensation for damages their companies Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited and Chombe Foods Limited suffered during the same protests.
According to a Daily Times report Tuesday, after calculating the loss of business and loss of use for Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited, the company through lawyer Tamando Chokotho found that the loss of business and loss of use up until May 30, 2013 was K1313, 196, 638.89 while the loss of business and loss of profits for Chombe Foods Limited is in the sum of K161, 758,447.
The paper reported that the court adopted the amount as no state lawyer came up for asssement or objections before the court determination.
According to the assessment order, they also looked at the loss of goods damaged in the warehouses, loss of profits on goods damaged while in transit, loss of interest on cash stolen, cheques and loss of electrical equipment.
In earlier determination, Justice Joseph Manyungwa (now deceased) ordered government to pay Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited K592,534,452.06 and Chombe Foods Limited K68,000,725.01 as compensation.
Government wanted to appeal through State Advocate Madalitso Kausi but Justice Healy Potani ruled on May 22 that the State should file “Notice of Appeal out-of-time” by not later than last Friday, May 31.
But June 3, 2013, the file did not have any documents as per Justice Potani’s order, the paper reported.