High Court gags contractor Chidyaonga over plans to sell Reserve Bank of Malawi building

The High Court in Lilongwe has granted the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) an injunction stopping a contractor from taking over the bank’s Mzuzu offices.

DDC Designs has been up in arms against RBM  to the extent of threatening to put RBM’s Mzuzu Branch building up for sale

A High Court ruling indicates that David Chidyaonga of DDC Designs was chasing  the central bank from its Mzuzu branch and threatening to sell it.

But the central bank legal team led by Agness Sentala sought court’s relief.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Ken Manda said Chidyaonga’s action in threatening to sell the Mzuzu branch is “not only misconceived but it is also vexatious.”

The court says Chidyaonga was paid all his money for designing and supervision services for the construction of the RBM Mzuzu branch although he claims he was not paid all his money.

Judge Manda said Chidyaonga cannot claim royalties from RBM “as he would like to believe because the copyright law which he seeks to rely on does not allow him to do that. Definitely not in this context.”

Manda said if the matter was a  determination of the main action, he would also have made a “cease and desist order” saying clearly that is also warranted .

The court ruled  that Chidyaonga’s  antics are “clearly an inconvenience and irritation.”

In the ruling, the judge condemned Chidyaonga with costs of the application.

DDC Designs of Chidyaonga was the supervising architect of Mzuzu RBM Branch.

Chidyaonga was part of NDDC Consortium—a team of project consultants comprising architects and surveyors.

The K18.4 billion RBM Mzuzu Branch was opened in 2016 by former president Peter Mutharika.

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Kango
Kango
12 days ago

Nyasatimes plz put his pic. I need to see his face to appreciate his madness

Kapoli
Kapoli
12 days ago

Did I get this right? Chidyaonga wants to be getting royalties for the blueprint of the bank building? So he had the building plans copyrighted, eh? This must rank as one of the silliest jokes of the year.

Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
13 days ago

Inu,ine ndi wamkati mommo,anonymous.The issue is that the final cost says K18.4bn koma it was inflated to that figure from the original K15bn.Difference yo ya circa K3bn anagawana che Chuka ndi mabwana ena ponama kuti anagula furniture for the building.Anamudyera architect masuku pa mutu!

Chisale
Chisale
13 days ago
Reply to  Nzerunchuma

But that does not give Chidyaonga the right to sale the building.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
12 days ago
Reply to  Nzerunchuma

Really? Did he sue the bank for his share of the K3b? (I assume that, at least on paper, this K3b looks legit and hence he’s able to sue and get his cut).

mtete
mtete
13 days ago

Chidyaonga should not put to shame the noble profession of Design. This get rich quick behaviour will kill the business for locals in favour of foreigners. I am sorry the judgement has thrown into disarray your budget using the anticipated windfall.

Stephen
Stephen
13 days ago

He will never win another contract ever again. What an idiot. Did he really think he would win going up against the country’s central bank. Abale.

bentby
13 days ago

this is why, most malawian contractors are shuned in govt projects, too much kuzimva and kudelera.

Eboue
Eboue
13 days ago

With that behaviour Mr Chidyaonga, people and companies won’t give your firm any work. If you were given the money, then what are you own about?

Nsomba Mkumutu.
Nsomba Mkumutu.
13 days ago

Even the name says it all, Chidya, onga!! umphawi ukununkhila ngati nvula yogwa pa June.

The Khumalos are racketeering
The Khumalos are racketeering
13 days ago

Are you serious kuti umphawi ukununkhira? Kwandani, iweyo kapena Chidyaonga?

Nsomba Mkumutu.
Nsomba Mkumutu.
13 days ago

This is the sign that this guy used all his money kukwela azimai. u hule chepetsani uwu!

Chokwadu
Chokwadu
13 days ago

The dude went bankrupt many years back and all his houses were possessed by Banks. He used to fly ladies to rsa just for sex.

Boma lenileni
Boma lenileni
13 days ago

misconceived and vexatious!!!! an irritation!!! koma Ken Manda ..munakwiyatu a Judge!! hahahahahaha!! naye Chidyaonga kufuna kukolola posalima

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