Karim cites Mulli’s K8bn claim gag on activist to silence newspaper

Businessman Abdul Karim Batatwala cited  business magnate Leston Mulli injunction against rights activist Charles Kajoloweka, restraining him from commenting on the companies’ K8 billion claim case against government as an authority to back his “gagging order” against Nation Publications Limited (MPL) from publishing any story in its titles- The Nation, Weekend Nation and Nation on Sunday –  on   the  K53 billion claim at the Immigration Department.

Mulli: Gagged Kajoloweka when he commented  on K8bn claim

Karim and his  two–Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company-signed a K9 billion contract in March 2012 for uniforms they never supplied for five years only to raise the contract sum to K53 billion in 2017 – a sum which has the Immigration Department is protesting.

NPL and Nyasa Times have been reporting on the matter which has been christened as ‘Uniform-gate’.

But the supplier feels the publication of the stories are depicting him as “corrupt and fraudukent” and obtaining a restriction order stopping further reporting.

In a sworn-affidavid by private practice lawyer Clement Masauko Mwala, the businessman cited Mulli and  and his two companies—Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited—who obtained an injunction against rights activist Charles Kajoloweka, restraining him from commenting on the companies’ K8 billion claim case against government.

He cited the Civil Case Number 262 of 2018,  in which Kajoloweka and  the Registered Trustees of Youth and Society (YAS), an organisation he leads,  were gagged.

Mulli  had gagged Kajoloweka and YAS from making any publication on social media, the radio, television, press release or in whatsoever manner in relation the claimants, the Judiciary and the Attorney General in relation to the ongoing claims in High Court of Malawi Principal Registry civil cause number 747 of 2012 between Sunrise Pharmaceutical Limited and Chombe Foods Limited vs The Attorney General pending the determination of the said matter by the court or until a further order of the court.

NPL’s Deputy Chief Executive Office Alfred Ntonga said the newspaper will “follow through the legal process” following the gagging order.

In a statement released by government spokesperson Henry Mussa, who is also Minister of Information, made available to Nyasa Times,  said the authorities have noted the concerns relating to K53billion claim as “genuine”, saying authorities are therefore working tirelessly to protect the national interests.

The government spokesman also pointed out that the State is “vehemently opposing and challenging” the said claim in the courts of law.

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Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

There are some idiots who said the contract was entered into when JB was president. Please know that the deal was sealed in March 2012 when Bingu, the father of corruption was president. According to official records he died on April 5, 2012.

Abudu
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Abudu

JB was veep then n was in government kaya baba mwatani kodi nxaaaa!

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

@Abudu, people who do want to face the truth. To such people arguements are not meant to locate the source of the problem in order to solve it. They argue for the sake of arguing.
Unfortunately we have a lot of such numbskulls in Malawi.

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Don’t be naive and gullible. JB was expelled from that party and sidelined in making government decisions just like SKC is being treated now.

bingu
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You can not see Karim ,not even his picture -he is crook -he is dangerous-MALAWIAN WAKE UP

bingu
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ALL HIS PROPERTY ACQUIRED FROM DUNIOUS MEANS -stealing from MRA,ESCOM, Malalwi Police ,Malawi Army and yet some

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

My Malawi a very poorest country in the whole world

chimanga
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Lessons to our judges who are overzealous. They set a very bad precedent of gagging people and newspapers

Buyelekhaya
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Buyelekhaya

Overzealous and morally deficient!

Bystander
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Bystander

Amwenye kutitola mpaka chonchi. They can’t do it back in India or Pakistan, not to mention UK. Time is coming and is about now. A DPP omwewo mumasewera nawo phada