Barely days after the High Court acquitted Magistrate Mzondi Mvula over corrupt charges, some legal experts have predicted that tax payers money will be used to pay the freed magistrate as compensation.
Magistrate Mvula was at the time of his arrest three years ago holding the position of Senior Resident Magistrate but has been on has been on interdiction since his arrest.
But talking to Nyasa Times, a judiciary source said the minimum Mvula would get in terms of compensation for the years he has been in wilderness without pay is in the legion of hundreds of millions.
“In such instances the worst compensation Magistrate Mvula would take home as compensation is around the K100 million figures. This of course varies from time to time depending on the Registrar handling the case. Otherwise, the tax payer will indeed pay dearly following the acquittal of Mvula,” explained the source who is also a lawyer by professional.
“Mvula will have basis of making such hefty claim on grounds that he lost means of income, not only that but also he underwent public humiliation over claims that he is corrupt, his reputation has been at stake following the arrest. So yes, the government will have to be prepared to pay Magistrate Mvula big time.”
Mvula was acquitted by the court together with two other suspects linked to the case namely former law maker Rashid Gaffar and soccer agent Kondi Msungama for allegedly receiving bribes from a businessman of Asian descent.
However, most Malawians were of the view that the charges the three were facing were trumped up by the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :