Court case of Rolf Patel vs Press Corporation still awaiting conclusion 17 years later

Malawi has the longest court case ever in its history — it is Civil Appeal Case No. 42 of 2015 between former minister Rolf Patel and others versus Press Corporation Limited (PCL).

Rolf Patel, still waiting judgement from his appeal

The case went to court in 2004 for legal minds to interpret on who is the owner of the company after being affected with ownership wrangles since the parties involved had previously been in a joint venture.

According to submissions in court then, Patel and others entered into working Joint Venture Agreement in  2001 with Press Corporation Limited and PressCane Products Limited where PCL would have 50.1% majority shares.

Following conversion of PCL’s investment into loans in September 2003 and recovery of the said loans, Justice Dr Michael Mtambo ordered in February 2014 that PWC Auditors should verify if PCL had any amount  outstanding in PressCane Ltd, whose findings were that PCL has no investment  in the company.

This appeal is on Justice Mtambo‘s judgment being Commercial Case No. 120 of 2012 Court.

The petitioners lawyer, Justin Dzonzi said they are just waiting for the courts to see the wheels of justice running.

Patel, former Member of Parliament (MP) and cabinet minister during the United Front Democratic (UDF)  government, also confirmed that the case is still stalling 17 years on.

He said he has been waiting for justice to take its course to his hard-earned property, which was his main source of bread after dissolving his Katundu Haulage company.

Patel sold all his property  in order to invest and finance PressCane, formerly known as Cane Products Limited.

PressCane Limited is an ethanol distillery, which is a subsidiary of the conglomerate Press Corporation Limited and began operations in June 2004.

The plant is located in Chikwawa on the  west bank of the Shire River about 30km north of Nchalo (55km south of Blantyre) and employs 118 Malawians including management.

The main products of the distillery are fuel ethanol also known as anhydrous alcohol (AA 99.8% v/v) and industrial alcohol (rectified spirit 96.5% v/v).

Sugar cane molasses are procured from Illovo in Nchalo and fermented into ethanol. The molasses is a byproduct (effluent) for the Illovo Sugar Mill process, whose environmental disposal issues have been solved by the establishment of PressCane Limited.

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#BetterMW
#BetterMW
8 months ago

Please do an audit of court cases that have been sitting for more than a year, and get them resolved.

Covid-19 should not be an excuse. No one knows know how long Corona Virus is going to be around.
We have to return to business. Wear masks in the courtrooms. Masks have been proven to slow down spread of the virus.

Clement kadalie
Clement kadalie
8 months ago

Andrew Nyirenda doesn’t want to go on holiday because he wants to personally close this case

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

He has no interest because there is no cut for him but the 9.7 billion that’s why he is waiting

Guta
Guta
8 months ago

This a a gross injustice. Our corrupt and incompetent judges should be ashamed

Nyakwawa A
Nyakwawa A
8 months ago

I cannot believe that this is happening in Malawi.

I guess that this was Mathews Chikaonda mismanagement of the Press Group. Please give the company to the rightful owner if indeed PCL disinvested in the venture. The Supreme Court must not entertain the Big Brother syndrome practised by PCL.

Just like they did with the elections case, they must do the same here without accepting bribes.

Issa Maknjira
Issa Maknjira
8 months ago
Reply to  Nyakwawa A

Why not just settle out of court, pay the man his money. Munthu wabvutika kudikila. Wa onda munthu corruption yamuja. Court must feel sorry for this man.

Spokes
Spokes
8 months ago

This is very very unfair. Justice delayed is justice denied. May our courts do the needful.

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