Malawi electoral body yet to award Chakwera, Chilima MK7bn legal fees
MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and his Vice, Dr Saulos Chilima, have not yet received their MK7 billion from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as ordered by the court after winning the 2019 presidential election case.
In its judgement, the Court ordered that Mec should foot all the legal costs which Dr Chakwera and Dr Chilima incurred during their pursuit of justice out of the gross anomalies in the said polls.
According to the Registrar of the High Court, Agnes Patemba, Dr Chakwera ought to be paid over MK3 billion as legal costs during the Constitutional Court hearing and MK726 million as costs during the Supreme Court hearing after Mec and former Head of State, Arthur Peter Mutharika, appealed the case.
On the other hand, Dr Chilima, through his lawyers will cut home MK2.3 billion and MK877.07 million richer after the court’s evaluation of the Constitutional and Supreme’s Court hearings’ costs.
While confirming the development, one of Dr Chilima’s lawyers, Khumbo Soko, said his client has not yet received the money even though the 45 day timeframe that the court put in place on August 10, 2020, is fast running out.
In his reaction, President of the Malawi Law Society (MLS), Burton Mhango, said as per the law, Mec is obliged to settle the costs.
Mhango said: “As per the judgement Mec has to pay the costs but if they delay, it will take the aggrieved parties to seek another legal remedy to that situation.”
Recently, one of the human rights activist organisations, Youth and Society (YAS), through its executive director, Charles Kajoloweka, advised President Chakwera and his Vice, Dr Chilima, not to benefit from the money, saying Malawi is currently reeling from economic challenges and receiving such hefty amounts of tax payers’ money is a mockery on the part of Malawians.
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