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Court saves Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi

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The High Court sitting in Lilongwe has granted former Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi an injunction restraining the State from withdrawing his two official vehicles, Land Cruiser VXR V8 and Toyota Prado, pending a judicial review.

Lawyer for Chikhosi, Wapona Kita, confirmed the development, saying Judge William Msiska granted the injunction.

“We have obtained a stay order against the State, stopping it from withdrawing the official vehicle the former SPC is using,” Kita said.

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According to Kita, it is a relief for his client as the Malawi Police Service has been asking him to surrender the cars.

According to court documents, on June 25 2022, law enforcers went to Chikhosi’s house in Area 10, where they demanded that they be given the vehicles.

In his sworn statement, Chikhosi notes that he was on a three-year contract, from 2020 to 2023, but that he only served for two years.

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According to Chikhosi, his condition of service entitled him to purchase one of the vehicles at 10 percent of the original price.

The former SPC also says he has not been communicated to in writing about the decision to relieve him of his duties.

Msika has since set July 8 2022 as the date for judicial review proceedings on the matter.

“Upon hearing counsel Wapona Kita for the claimant, this court has read through the court file and considered the application in light of relevant laws about the grant of permission to apply for judicial review.

“It is the view of this court that stay be, and is hereby, granted of the decision to withdraw the office vehicles from the claimant, pending hearing of an inter partes application for the party to apply for judicial review,” the order reads.

President Lazarus Chakwera recently fired Chikhosi and replaced him with Colleen Zamba, who was the Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit and Chief Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals and International Affairs.

Chakwera did not disclose the reasons for Chikhosi’s removal but only indicated that he would be assigned other duties.

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