Pay Mulli K2bn in 90 days: Court orders Malawi gov’t

Malawi government has been told to comply with a court order to pay about K2 billion for damages and loss of business to two companies owned by Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) Holdings.

The two companies— Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited and Chombe Foods Limited—suffered damages and loss of business during the July 20 2011 anti-government demonstrations against economic malaise under the administration of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

After calculating the loss of business and loss of use for Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited, the company through lawyer Tamando Chokotho found that the loss of business and loss of use up until May 30, 2013 was K1313, 196, 638.89 while the loss of business and loss of profits for Chombe Foods Limited is in the sum of K161, 758,447.

Mulli: To get about K2 billion for damages
Mulli: To get about K2 billion for damages

The court adopted the amount as no state lawyer came up for assessment or objections before the court determination.

Meanwhile, acting Registrar of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal and the High Court of Malawi,  Mike Tembo has filed “reports of collection” (an order) to the  the Attorney General (AG) and Secretary to the Treasury (ST)on June 5 this year, giving their offices 90 days to pay.

Government wanted to appeal through State Advocate Madalitso Kausi but Justice Healy Potani ruled on May 22 that the State should file  “Notice of Appeal out-of-time” by not later than last Friday, May 31.

Court documents indicate the AG has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal, specifically on the “out of time” issue and the case is set for June 17.

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