Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has rescued Sheriffs of Malawi boss Peter Mlauzi from being sent to prison for contempt of court after he has entered into a consent order to pay Universal Kit Suppliers $1 140 515.00 (about K838 million).
Mlauzi risked jail for his failure to obey an order by the court requiring him to seize Malawi Prison Service (MPS) property.
The company supplied uniforms to MPS but the institution failed to settle the debt amounting to K724 million.
Lawyer for the Universal Kit Suppliers, Tamando Chokotho, who applied for with contempt charges against Mlauzi for the failure to execute the High Court execution order, permitting the s suppliers to seize property belonging to MPS to compel them settle the debt has signed an agreement with AG an agreement to pay within 21 days through a one-year zero-rate promissory note in US dollars.
The High Court judge Ken Manda in Lilongwe is on April 24 this year expected to hear whether the agreement has been complied with.
The AG’s office admitted the prison owed the private firm but government was against the proposition to enforce the judgment by way of execution.
The AG feared the matter was going to open a floodgate of other creditors owed by government who were likely going to turn to courts.
The AG’s office argued there were numerous judgments against government which had not been paid or were in the process of getting paid, and to allow execution of the judgment in question, was going to entail enormous strain on the public purse and issuing of payments that had not been budgeted for.