Malawi Savings Bank loan defaulters should avoid injunctions to evade payment

Chairperson of Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) Debt Collection Company Chadwick Mphande has lamented that nothing has been recovered from the defaulting 13 individuals and companies for the K6.1 million loans they owe MSB because they are using court injunctions to avoid payment. Incidentally, over a year ago Mphande complained about the non-payment of loans from defaulters.

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It is unfortunate that these errant companies and individuals have resorted to court injunctions to evade payment. They are not only being ungrateful, but they are being irresponsible not to pay. They failed to repay the loans and government bailed them out. This was abuse of state resources because government has no business paying loans for commercial companies or individuals.It is the responsibility of companies and individuals to pay their own loans not government. They made the bed; they must lie on it.

The staggering K6.1 billion could have been used for development projects to uplift the dwindling living standard of the millions of Malawians. The government actually borrowed the money through issuing promissory notes to clear the toxic loans. This means government got a loan and has to pay interest for these loan defaulters.

We know that some individuals and owners of companies are DPP cronies. So they should not take the bail out as a gift from to DPP. The money belongs to Malawians.  They should repay the loans. We also know that every year some companies are natural suppliers of FISP and get billions of kwacha. It defies any reasoning why they should fail to repay their loans with all these billions they make. Malawi Savings Bank was a government bank, a people’s bank, meaning it was owned by the people of Malawi. It was not owned by DPP.

The sale of Malawi Savings Bank itself was done surreptitiously. While MPs were busy debating the capitalization of the bank to meet the Basel II requirement, the Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe and First Discount House (FDH) Holdings Limited representative Thom Mpingajira were exchanging papers of sale at Capital Hill.

It is unfortunate that these ungrateful companies and individuals have resorted to court injunctions to evade payment. This is abuse of the courts. Government paid the loans on their behalf and they are refusing to pay. What message are they sending? It is equally disappointing that different courts are giving injunctions on the same issue.  Injunctions offer temporary relief. But the companies have made it permanent by obtaining injunction after injunction. Is this not trying to defeat justice? If this trend continues, Malawians will lose faith in the judiciary. It is like the courts are aiding the loan defaulters to evade loan repayment.

Mphande should petition the chief justice to have an understanding why courts keep on giving injunctions on the same issue. This is worrying. There is no merit in what these companies are doing. They have no basis to be using the courts to evade payment. They should pay back the money. Period!  Why are they refusing to pay? Since 2015 they have not paid anything. Really?

Parliament should step in and summon these companies and individuals to demand answer of their non-payment. MSB Debt Collection Company needs assistance in whatever form to recover the money. It belongs to Malawians. If pressure is not applied, the money will not be recovered.

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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Generally banks should set aside huge sums of money to beef up their finances against the risk of bad loans. That is in case of shock where some borrowers cannot keep up their repayments. People connected to politicians are generally pockets of risk that warrant vigilance. Banks should think twice before deciding to lend them too much money. What those loan defaulters have done is more or less similar to that Cotton Ginnery CEO Abdul Rieman. The guy did not pay anything but fled to Pakistan with billions of kwachas.

Rift Valley
Guest

What is in it for the judge granting an injunction? Rotten to the core; that’s what Malawi has become.

Solution: Kick out the corrupt thieving DPP government come May 2019

Andree
Guest

Hmmmmm! very sad. If what this Shadrick Mphande is saying is the truth, then something must be done. You Human Rights organization and parliamentary committees pick the issue up. It is our hard earned money being abused.

Mwendelulu
Guest

THE PERENNIAL INJUNCTIONS TAKEN BY THE SHAMELESS DEBTORS AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES IN GRANTING THEM ENDLESS INJUNCTIONS SMACKS OF HIPOCRISY BUT ALSO TELLING A STORY OF GILT IS HAUNTING THEM. PROVERBS 28 : 1 – 2A

Mzika Yeni Yeni
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Really I don’t know what Mr. Mphande is thinking here. Does he really think Muli and his defaulter friends will pay these toxic assets when DPP is Ruling? He should be cheating himself. Please do not cheat Malawians Mr. Mphande. The only way for these guys to repay is when DPP is kicked out of the so called government. After all when we say government this time we mean DPP Party. These people were financing DPP with these loans. Ndiye mukuti alipire. Alipire ndi ndani?????? Bvuto ndiloti A Malawi a mbiri sawerenga za Nyasatimes izi. They do not have the… Read more »
Kaitano
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Koma zilikotu!!! Malawi! Malawi! i can see flames from Hell!

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