Govt set precedent in paying Mulli K3bn on demo looting costs

Malawi government set a precedent when it paid K3 billion  to Leston Mulli owned firms  as compensation costs of property damaged during the July 20 2011 demonstrations and it will be double-standards to push  costs of post-elections demonstrations to be borne  by organisers, critics have observed.

Mulli: K3 billion payout still haunts Malawi governemt

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima  first observed  this at a political rally he held in Mangochi on Sunday and Constitutional law expert from Chancellor College, Edge Kanyongolo,  has added his voice, saying pushing organisers to shoulder the cost of  demonstrations, government is being hypocritical.

He was commenting on statement made by Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi that costs of property damaged during the June 20 demonstrations and other costs of post-elections demonstrations will be borne by organisers – the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

“It is outrageous for government to be pushing costs to protesters when the same government paid out compensation to politically-connected businessman over demo damages,” said Chilima.

The payment was authorised on April 13 2018 to Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Food Limited—companies under Mulli Brothers Holdings Limited (MBHL).

A private practice lawyer Bright Theu questioned the payment and described it as “dubious” and “questionable.”

Mulli has strong links to President Peter Mutharika through their shared membership of Mulhakho wa Alhomwe heritage group.

Kanyongolo said government is playing “double standards” after the Attorney General ordered the payment of K3 billion to Mulli for what he claimed were damages to his business caused by July 20 211 protesters.

He said “it will be fair it pays the others as well.”

Malawi Human Rights Commission executive secretary David Nungu concurred with Kanyongolo, saying the commission’s position is that only those directly responsible for damages can be liable for their actions.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party have been joining nationwide protests organised by HRDC demanding the resignation of MEC chairperson Jane Ansah for election irregularities.

During the protests, property was destroyed and some police officers assaulted.

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Babu
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Babu

History repeats,Mulli got it while mob has affected several people in Malawi.People! Have lost lives property where is the government to make laws?It would be Multi because is Alomwe brother¿¿?¿¿??¿??¿?¿?

Huh
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Huh

The government is responsible in guaranteed freedom of expression including the rights and freedom to hold demonstration. The government is also responsible for stopping rooting to ensure the demonstration go ahead. Should the demonstration go ahead and criminal element use it to commit vandalism. The government branch has failed is. Police. Therefore the government pays. If the DPP doesn’t want demonstration BT remember multiparty was brunt by demonstrations andmulti party paved way for UDF, and UDF paved way for DPP therefore it all started from demonstration. During one party , the ruling tried to convince us that Malawi was better… Read more »

kaukonde
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kaukonde

That is useless opinion. so these thugs want to damage property so that government pays because it paid Mulli. This is short sightedness.

Malawian
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Malawian

@ Kaukonde

We told you that the decison to use tax payers’ money to pay muli for demo damages was stupid but you never listened. That is how stupid DPP government is. Some of us neutrals take such comments with heavy hearts because they come to show that you defend government decisions blindly. So please spare us your silly, childish and uniformed opinion. Write again Kaukonde

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Don’t you think you are the one being unreasonable here? Ngakhale kholo pakhomo lisamakondele ana. Matters of law precedent

kakacweniweni
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kakacweniweni

Achimwene a Kaukonde : precedence is a principle of Law . so it follows suit .if Mulli was compensated then Jim and jack have to be treated the same way

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Koma inu eh: Precedence principle in Law is not as simple as that.
Takawerengeni Law and Torts 101.

bwanyama
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bwanyama

this was an approved demo by the police it means the police were supposed to protect both the prorty and the lifes of demonstrators. also they need do prove beyond reasonably doubt that the demonstrators are the one who vandalised tose property

Sona Moyo
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Sona Moyo

Ndalamazo ndi zogawana ndi DPP who doesnt know this!

mtete
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mtete

Mulli will refund the money before the year ends. Mark my word part of the K3b went to DPP camping.

Malawi
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Malawi

Why is DPP accusing people who are demonstrating? DPP should stop deploying it’s cadets disguising themselves as part of the demos. Your cheap propaganda will not deter us from demonstrating. By the way, let me warn your cadets that if they join us again they will regret. These are peaceful demos. You DPP thieves have calculated this in order to claim compensation. Daylight robbery. Bingu killed people by ordering shoot to kill. Were the families compensated, no. DPP govt killed Chasowa, Njaunju, torched peoples houses cars etc. DPP set fire to Escom house, and u come up with half-cooked nonsense… Read more »

Revolutionary
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Point of correction; it’s Jeffrey kachale Banda, Joyce Banda’s son who torched escom house in BT

George Malemu
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George Malemu

If it were not a legal precedent , then it is a precedent for what? Coz it is Muli then it is not legal but others its legal, shame on you? Precedent is followed whether wrong or right that is precedent

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Kuganiza kwa zii apa.

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

palibe chipani chomwe chingalipire pa zonse zokhuza mademo chifukwa apolisi amalephera ntchito yawo kutetezera katundu wa anthu, therefore it is the police which is responsible for those damages for failing to provide enough protection on businesses.

Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

This shows that social order is on the loose; what is the role of police and court in a nation. If people are free to damage property without being held accountable then we have rogue institutions. Those who vandalise public infrastructures must pay the cost in terms of damages or else go to high school i.e. prison. The police arrest vandalizers and the court passes sentence which include payment thereof.