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Malawi Court rules against Chimulirenji in K100 million loan case

Embattled Everton Chimulirenji on the verge of losing property over unpaid loan

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–The High Court in Lilongwe has rebuffed deposed vice president Everton Chimulirenji’s application for an injunction to stop Lilongwe based businessman Matias Bonongwe from visiting Chimulirenji’s premises to collect his money.

According to submissions made in court, Chimulirenji owes Bonongwe K100 million which he has not been paying back, which led to Bonongwe sending debt collectors to the former vice president’s residence to grab his property.

But Chimulirenji sought court injunction to stop Bonongwe from grabbing his property.

According to lawyer representing Chimulirenji, Oscar Taulo, his client  also  wanted Bonongwe to stop making statements that are defamatory in nature.

However, High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has dismissed the application of the injunction and has also slapped Chimulirenji with costs of the case.

Bonongwe wants Chimulirenji to pay him about K100 million he lost when a deal to supply maize to Admarc, which was allegedly orchestrated by Chimulirenji as vice president and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs, was cancelled.

Two weeks ago, Bonongwe sent debt collectors to Chimulirenji’s residence in Lilongwe’s Chinsapo area to seize some property in an attempt to get back his money.

Police arrested four people, who were charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace

In his sworn statement, Chimulirenji denied to have been involved in any business deal with the Bonongwe.

“I can confirm that from best of my knowledge I have never obtained any money or involved in any business transactions as alleged by the defendant and that is why the defendant has decided to use unlawful means to embarrass me and my family,” reads part of Chimulirenji’s sworn statements.

Chimulirenji was deposed as the country’s vice president on February 3 this year after the Constitutional Court annulled the May 21, 2019 presidential elections on the basis that they were marred with widespread, systematic and grave irregularities.

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