By MacDonald Thom:
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) wants to be given K23 million following its victory in a case in which Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general, Grezelder Jeffrey, and three others were demanding K70 billion in compensation.
In January this year, High Court Judge, Charles Mkandawire dismissed the matter with costs.
According to a court document which The Daily Times has seen, actual assessment of the costs will be done today.
“Let all parties appear before the Registrar of the High Court at the Lilongwe District Registry on the 10th day of April 2019 at 9:00 in the fore noon on the hearing of an application by the defendant for assessment of costs against the plaintiffs,” reads part of the document dated April 3 2019.
Jeffrey, Brian Kachingwe, Agnes Kaphikire (as personal representative of the late Philip Kaphikire) and Tadala Chakhaza (as personal representative of the late Brighton Chakhaza) were seeking compensation for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, loss of business and properties, breach of contract and defamation following their acquittal on charges of corruption in 2011 for a case that started in the year 2000.
The Daily Times has seen a document compiled by the ACB showing that it is demanding K23,040,713.75. The amount includes professional fees, Value Added Tax (VAT) on professional fees and disbursement.
ACB Director General, Reyneck Matemba, was not immediately available for comment on the issue.
In an interview Tuesday, Jeffrey said she was not aware of the ACB’s claim.
“If there is anything, my lawyer will inform me. But, at the moment, I am not aware of that issue,” Jeffrey said.
Jeffrey and others were being represented by lawyer, Ralph Mhone, who was not immediately available for his comment on the issue.
But soon after the judge had dismissed the application, Mhone said he would take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Jeffrey and others made an initial claim of K20.9 billion but a further assessment by an expert led to an additional K29.9 billion being claimed.
Matemba said an assessment of what the four were claiming showed that they could have been given K70 billion or more if they succeeded.
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