High Court punishes APM and Muhara more over K69.5m legal costs’ appeal

The High Court in Lilongwe has today has condemned former President Peter Mutharika and former Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara with costs in a case where the duo prayed to the court to review the legal costs they paid in another case.

The court had recently slapped Mutharika and Muhara with K69.5 million costs in a case in which the duo attempted to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice Edward Twea to proceed on leave pending retirement.

President Mutharika: Suffers more legal costs

In August last year, High Court judge Charles Mkandawire ruled that the two have no powers to send the judges on leave pending retirement saying doing so is interfering with roles of judiciary saying issue of leave is an internal issue for the judiciary.

“The executive arm of government has no powers to dictate affairs of judiciary as the judiciary is an independent arm of government and is equal to the executive and parliament,” he said.

The ruling followed an application by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Malawi Law Society (MLS) and Association of Magistrates in Malawi (AMM) who sought for a court interpretation whether Mutharika and Muhura’s action was legally binding.

The court slapped the two with K69.5million as costs, which they felt was on the higher side and applied for a review.

In May this year, the two settled the bill after the High Court granted a property seizure and sell order.

Dissatisfied, the duo appealed to the same court for the review of the amount.

But again, the court did not smile at Mutharika and Muhara, with High Court Assistant Registrar Anthony Kapaswiche ordering that they pay K2.3million legal costs each within 30 days.

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nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
2 months ago

Azisaza momwe ankadyela Ife tili Ku ma stand a

anold katontha
2 months ago

nyekhweee

Banda
Banda
2 months ago

Not sure to laugh or cry for APM who studied and taught law for more than 40 years. Sad really. Believe that both should have been represented and protected by Government. The matter should never have gone to court once APM was advised in their capacity that human resources is off limits between the executive branch and judiciary. The fact remains the chief justice is entitled to time off and has refused.

tman
2 months ago

Kodi mangawa a ma judge ndi mutharika azatha liti.Kuweruza zidani bwanji,wina amve kuwawa .Heeee

Nixon Mzakwacha
Nixon Mzakwacha
2 months ago

Kikikiki-Peter has no piece of mind,blows left&right,his body guard a Chisale,has something to say,the 2,will collapse.

Charo ni mazgola mwawanthu imweee !!

Odyazake alibe mlandu
Odyazake alibe mlandu
2 months ago

Kkkkkkk nyekhweee is real

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
2 months ago

And this so called HRDC is it indeed muted??? Why is it quite yes people are being forced to take Vaccine in these Companies & parastatals? If it were that APM was the President we could have seen them on the streets. Do they really want to surrender their voice to CIDEDI or whatever????? Wake up Mr Trapence from your slumber.

Underson
Underson
2 months ago

Ziliko

Nelson kazembe
Nelson kazembe
2 months ago

dzosamva achita bwino kudziphikanso ndi ka cost. mwina dzikhala cheteno

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