Discussions between the government and former Local Government principal secretary Christopher Makileni over his K750 million claim have collapsed, meaning that the government has failed to redeploy him, The Daily Times can report.
Makileni’s lawyer Paul Maulidi said the government agreed—through signed documents—to redeploy Makileni by November 16 2020 but, when government officials failed to honour the promise, he remained with no option but to pursue the enforcement of the K750 million payment.
“We actually asked the court to allow us to go back to the negotiation [table] and be able to change contents of the consent order. We have met with the Attorney General (AG), we have written letters and we have exhausted all avenues.
“It was either he was redeployed by November 16 or the government paid him the K750 million consent order, which has not happened. In fact, the issue of redeployment was an offer from the office of the Attorney General as a way of cutting costs,” he said.
Maulidi said, in this case, they would go ahead and enforce payment of the order.
“I have warned the Attorney General that I am proceeding to enforce the payment. We are not going back to the negotiation table on this issue because negotiations are based on trust, and [the idea] that we are going in the same direction, which is not the case [here],” he said.
However, AG Chikosa Silungwe insisted that negotiations were going on.
“The issue is still in court. The court allowed us to go back to the negotiation table and the negotiations are on,” he said.
Makileni is claiming money for unfair dismissal from the government, ostensibly because the Democratic Progressive Party administration suspected him of being a People’s Party sympathiser.
Makileni’s lawyers and office of the AG agreed to a K750 million payment, attracting an outcry from some sectors of society. This prompted the government to back-track on the issue.
In the consent order, Makileni was awarded K216 million in pension, K205 million for loss of motor vehicle use, K269 million for salary-before-tax and K63 million for fuel as his benefits.
Commenting on the development in an earlier interview, Chancellor College law expert Sunduzwayo Madise said the problem was that the two parties agreed on terms of the payment in private and only brought what they had agreed to the court for endorsement.
“It would have been different if it were something argued in a court of law and then a judgement was made. We would have known arguments from both sides in that case and it would have been easy to comment on the issue,” Madise said.