Presidential spokesperson Sean asks interesting questions with regard to K7bn lawyers’ fees

While prominent legal scholars and Malawi Law Society (MLS) have given varying positions on the K7 billion legal bill  for two legal teams that represented President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima in the May 21 2019 presidential election nullification petition  to be footed by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as assessed by Agnes Patemba, registrar of the High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, on Monday this week, State House spokesperson Sean Kampondeni has raised interesting questions below.

Kampondeni: Doesn’t this bill justify and warrant a repeal of the general approach of assessing legal costs
  • Does anyone really believe that if the two Petitioners  had lost the elections case at the Constitutional Court, the bill their lawyers would have presented to them for legal services for eight months would have been 7 billion kwacha?

 

  • If not, doesn’t the State’s loss of the case with costs mean that the tax payer should only pay either whatever bills the lawyers would have charged their clients had they lost or whatever bills they  agreed to when they negotiated the terms of representation with their clients?

 

  • Even in the unlikely event that the 7 billion kwacha bill is more reasonable than extortionate, is there a reason tax payers are not being told how much of it will be shouldered by each of the two respondents, just as taxpayers have been told how much of it will be awarded to each of the two petitioners?

 

  • And if the triumphant lawyers have chosen to burden the taxpayer with such a bill as their just recompense, should the lawyers still be regarded in the court of public opinion as sacrificial contributors to the cause of justice in the court case or should their public esteem now be reduced to something more mercenary?

 

  • Doesn’t this bill justify and warrant a repeal of the general approach of assessing legal costs only after a trial instead of continuously throughout the trial so that the court already knows the costs on each side when it is delivering a judgment on costs?

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political commentator
1 month ago

Cadets will cry day and night……..you lost the case yet you went ahead to appeal in the supreme court – you thought it was free of charge? You hired more than 10 lawyers to win you the case with our own money, we cried yet you had a deaf ear. You paid southAfrican lawyers huge sums of money, you wanted to ditch the judges, you sponsored the DEMOS against judgement, You funded Seodi white to cry in the public, You paid MULI 14billion, you made several cashgates, tractorgates, uniformgates etc…………..fools

Aneneli Onyenga
1 month ago

These questions were asked by Prof Danwood Chirwa of SA not Kampondeni the hopeless son-in-law of abusa Chakwera.

Richie
1 month ago

Bravo Bwana Sean kampondeni
Please speak for the president and the people of Malawi

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
1 month ago

This is daylight robbery and an opportunity has availed itself for DPP and UDF to shine. Call your voters to street demos. Sean has indeed asked a very good question that if they had lost could they have billed their clients such a whooping legal fees charges? For him to ask such questions I take it that Chakwera is against it for no sane president can allow such crookery under his watch. Sean can see a cunning snake coiling on his boss neck. Be careful bwana or u will be suffocated to death. Ndepaja munanena kale kuti zikakukanikani muzasiyira wachiwiri… Read more »

Jedèga
Jedèga
1 month ago

Can the donor community please not fund our country until this is explained properly

Maiye
Maiye
1 month ago

Nanga a ma demonstration Fe cholowa chathu nzingati tinayendela limodzi kunsewu kuguba Kuti tifike apa.

Pamodzi song was stolen from Zambia by old Bingu
Pamodzi song was stolen from Zambia by old Bingu
1 month ago

Bravo bravo bravo

Shady
1 month ago

This people are Crookes Chilima ZeZe ,Chakwera ,Ntambo The Judges headed by Justice Nyerenda,don’t forget the HRDC they have used Malawians like a condom demonstrating on the streets at the end they are stealing our taxes day light if they share this money we have to demonstrate again because they are taking Malawians for granted. this is rediculous.

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
1 month ago

Government leaders are getting k9billion while at the same time the same government is asking domors for k5billion foreign aid. Can somebody tell me what type of Economics is this

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
1 month ago

Apa tisanamizanepo. Ulamulirowu wayamba udyo

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