By Andrew Nyayah, NyasaTimes
Mzuzu based prominent lawyer George Kadzipatike has requested Sheriffs in Mzuzu to re-impound a vehicle from Mzuzu University because the institution is failing to honour a court order to MK465,022.73 being salary arrears for one of its former employee.
Jevious Chimungu, a former accountant, dragged Mzuni to the Industrial Relations Court claiming salary arrears for four months amounting to MK465, 022.73, which the court awarded him on 7th June, 2011.
Sheriffs impounded the vehicle on July 7th but some Mzuni officials duped the Sheriffs by lying that they had settled the amount and took the vehicle back.
In fact Mzuni only paid Sherriff fees and issued a cheque of MK160, 000 to Chimungu’s lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company.
“In fact what they did is unprocedural. They should have paid the whole amount to the court. The court was then supposed to pay Chimungu’s lawyer and then he was supposed to pay Chimungu,” said a senior court official.
Kadzipatike told Nyasa Times in an interview said he was also surprised with the turn of event.
In a related development, Mzuni has agreed to pay legal costs amounting to MK700, 000 following the vacating of a court injunction by students restraining the institution from implementing the phase programme or the programme of restraining semesters in phases.
The students agreed to withdraw the injunction…if all students report for classes on July 25th this year.
According to consent order between the State and Council of Mzuzu University as respondents and Charles Kajoloweka and 604 others as exparte, Mzuni agreed to withdraw the phase programme and also agreed that all students including the applicants shall report for classes from the same date.