By Chancy Namadzunda:
High Court has granted the Sheriff of Malawi and order to seize and sale moveable property belonging to former President Peter Mutharika and former Secretary to the Cabinet Lloyd Muhara.
The order comes after the two failed to pay K69, 507, 461 party to party costs.
“Whereas aforementioned have only paid K47, 437, 122.11 and they remain indebted to the applicants in the sum of K22, 070, 335.89.
“Your are hereby ordered to seize and sell all the moveable property of the above Mutharika and Muhara, except that exempted from seizure under Sheriff’s Act, so as to realize the judgment debt in the sum of K22, 070, 335.89 and the cost of your execution of this enforcement order,” reads past of the order signed by the High Court Registrar
In November last year, Mutharika and Muhara were found wanting by the High Court on their action to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice Edward Twea to proceed on leave pending retirement.
The ruling followed an application by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Malawi Law Society (MLS) and Association of Magistrates in Malawi (AMM) who sought for a court intepretention whether Mutharika and Muhura’s action was legally binding.
On March 12, 2021, Assistant High Court Registrar Patrick Chirwa slapped the two with a K69.5 million bill following Judge Charles Mkandawire’s ruling that the two settle costs personally to the claimants.
The costs were supposed to be settled within 14 days, which they have failed.
Concerned Citizens, led by Mundango Nyirenda also failed to raise enough funds to bail out Mutharika and Muhara