APM, Muhara fail to pay court costs, lawyers commence enforcement proceedings

By Our Reporter:

Lawyers for Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Malawi Law Society (MLS) and Association of Magistrates in Malawi (AMM) have commenced enforcement proceedings following former President Peter Mutharika and former Secretary to the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara’s failure to pay K69.5 million as costs in the Chief Justice case.

High Court Registrar Patrick Chirwa slapped the two with the costs after Judge Charles Mkandawire ruled that they settle costs personally to the three claimants.

Mutharika and Muhara were found wanting by the Justice Mkandawire on their action to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice Edward Twea to proceed on leave pending retirement.

Chirwa ordered that the first applicant (HRDC) and the second applicant (Magistrates Associations) be paid 26 million kwacha while the Third applicant (Malawi Law Society) is to be paid 43 million kwacha.

The two were supposed to settle the bill within 14 days.

However, following their failure to settle the costs in time, lawyer for the claimants Khumbo Soko has told the local media that they have the commenced enforcement proceedings to force Mutharika and Muhara obey the court order.

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