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Court reserves ruling in Everton Chimulirenji application

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NO DATE SET—Bonongwe (centre), Kammayani (left) and Taulo captured at the court Tuesday

The High Court in Lilongwe Tuesday reserved its ruling to a later date in a matter in which deposed former vice president, Everton Chimulirenji, is seeking an injunction to stop businessman Matias Bonongwe from grabbing his property.

The matter came before Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda Tuesday and was heard in chambers.

Lawyer for Chimulirenji, Oscar Taulo and lawyer for Bonongwe, Crispin Kammayani, confirmed the development after the brief court appearance.

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Taulo said Chimulirenji also wants Bonongwe to stop making statements that are defamatory in nature to the effect that the former vice president owes him any money.

Taulo said the court did not indicate as to when it will come up with its determination on the matter.

On his part Bonongwe’s lawyer, Kammayani said the court heard arguments from both the claimant and the defendant and that it will make a decision on whether to grant the injunction or not.

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Earlier yesterday, there were reports that the Chimulirenji camp wanted to settle the matter out of court but, according to Kammayani the two parties have agreed to continue with the matter in court.

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 course breach of peace

In his sworn statement, Chimulirenji claims that he, together with his family, are living in fear as the debt collectors promised to come back.

“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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