Government is demanding K15 million from Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajaloweka after the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal ordered him to personally bear all costs incurred during the case in which it reversed a High Court order that sought to compel President Peter Mutharika to fire his then Cabinet minister George Chaponda in connection with a controversial maize import deal in 2017.
Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda in the determination said there was no judicial provision giving the Judiciary the mandate to interfere in decisions of the presidency regarding appointment and removal of Cabinet members.
He said Cabinet appointments were purely political and that the ministers can be fired or hired at the discretion of the President; hence, sustaining the appeal.
Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has claimed the costs in a letter to the civil society organisation’s leader through his lawyers dated February 25 2019 that the State wants K15 million “ as party and and party costs of the proceedings.”
Kaphale has given Kajoloweka 14 days to respond pn how he will meet the costs.
However, Kajoloweka said it was unfortunate that the court has put the burden of costs to an individual who was only fighting for a lot of people.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :