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Government opts to rehire Christopher Makileni

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Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda

Government has proposed to rehire Principal Secretary (PS) Christopher Makileni against paying out K750 million which he is demanding for unfair dismissal, The Daily Times has established.

But the ‘contempt of court’ case, for which Makileni dragged Attorney-General Chikosa Silungwe, Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi and Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet Janet Banda to court for not honouring the consent order and directions for the actual payment, returns to court on October 28.

State lawyer Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda— representing Silungwe, Chikhosi and Banda in the contempt case— confirmed the date for the case but could not divulge further details, saying he does not speak for government.

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“That is the date yes but for what we expect and further details talk to the government spokesperson,” Nyirenda said.

Makileni’s lawyer, Paul Maulidi, also confirmed the date but said the case will resume only if the two sides do not reach a consensus as negotiations are in progress.

He further confirmed that one of the options the government is putting on the table, as part of the negotiation, was that of re-engaging Makileni.

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“That is one of the proposals coming forward from the government, of course, but we have our own conditions for that to happen. If we do not reach a consensus by October 28 then we will go back the court,” Maulidi said.

Makileni filed for the ‘contempt of court’ against the public officers, saying they are not paying the consent order in which government and Makileni agreed.

Nyirenda’s affidavit in support of the preliminary objections against contempt of court proceedings and in support of the application to set aside the contempt of court proceedings says the proceedings were commenced irregularly.

In the consent order between government and Makileni, the latter 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.

Makileni claims unfair dismissal by the Democratic Progressive Party administration which allegedly accused him of being a People’s Party sympathiser.

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