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Court orders government to pay Makileni K754 million

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Paul Maulidi

By Wezzie Gausi:

The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) has ordered the government to pay former Local Government principal secretary (PS) Christopher Makileni the sum of K754 million for unfair dismissal from the government.

Makileni, through his lawyer Paul Maulidi, wanted the Attorney General (AG), Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi and Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet Janet Banda charged with contempt of court for failing to honour the consent order and directions for the actual payment.

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A court judgement, which IRC Deputy Chairperson K Banda has signed, says the only part of the application which the court allowed was where the applicant proposed that the time for him to be re-deployed expired at the close of business on November 16 2020 and that the government should pay him K754 million.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this is on declaratory order and on the specified time sufficed to the State that setting of time will depend on the outcome of the court’s view on the hearing of the application for grant of declaratory orders,” the judgement reads.

Last year, IRC awarded Makileni K754 million as compensation for unfair dismissal from the public service.

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However, following a public outcry, the government, through the AG, moved to have the matter settled amicably by reinstating Makileni and paying him his dues as a normal employee.

In the consent order between the government and Makileni, the former PS 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.

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