Court summons Mzuni top brass for contempt charges

The Industrial Relations Court (IRC)of Malawi has summoned three top gurus at the embattled Mzuzu University (MZUNI) for hearing of an application so that they are either committed to prison or punished for contempt of court following their disregard of a court order to pay former employees their benefits and bonuses.

Under Mzuzu District Registry IRC, matter number 13 of 2012, Kenneth Kaunda and 19 others through lawyer George Kadzipatike took to court Mzuni Vice Chancellor Dr. Robert Ridley, Registrar Vyson Jedegwa and assistant Registrar Chiyamiko Chinkwita Phiri for disobeying a court order issued on 26 September 2012.

According to a copy of summons Nyasa Times has, the trio will know their fate on May 15th 2013.

The court ordered Mzuzu to pay Kaunda and  others 19 percent each of their deductions if its pension administrators did not remit the money to the pension fund on time and that where deductions were remitted on time, then all their bonuses not paid should be paid within 30 days of the order.

Lawyer Kadzipatike: Representing Mzuni former employees

Kaunda said in an affidavit filed in support of the application that despite serving Mzuni with a ccourt order the trio voluntarily chose not to comply with the order.

“It should be emphasized that Mzuni has not appealed against the order nor has it obtained a stay order for the same and that its conduct I withholding our bonuses and benefits is not justified

“Therefore Mzuni’s three controlling officers are hereby held liable in contempt of court and such conduct derails the trust the general public has in this honorable court,” he said.

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