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Leston Mulli demands K11 billion from government

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Kalekeni Kaphale

Mulli Brothers Managing Director Leston Mulli, through two of his companies, Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited, is now asking for K11,603,935,990.03 from government as compensation for damage of property and loss of business during the July 20 2011 demonstrations.

On October 3, 2014 the High Court assessed the quantum in the total sum of K3,048,557,708.71 [Three Billion Forty-Eight Million Five Hundred Fifty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Eight Malawi Kwacha Seventy-One Tambala] and further loss of business was yet to be assessed or agreed by the parties.

However in recent documents that we have seen, Mulli, through his lawyers Churchill & Norris, is demanding the fresh sum from government.

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“We have calculated the damages and compensation as at present and the sum has risen to the total sum of K14,562,493,698.74 as per the calculation sent herewith. After deducting the sum of K3, 048, 557,708.71 paid, the balance is in the sum of K11,603,935,990.03.

“We are of the view that it is in the interest of the government to settle this matter expeditiously to avoid the sum rising to unmanageable proportions,” reads part of the document we have seen.

Other documents on the matter that we saw indicate that in August 2018, an assessment of damages showed the total interest of K12,002,959,710.96.

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“As you may be aware, the last time we had set the matter down for the assessment of damages, the total interest damages for loss of business and damages for loss of use were in the sum of K12,002,959,710.96. These calculations were made around August 2018.

Despite our efforts to set the matter down for hearing, the Registrar over the matter has not given us a fresh date for the assessment of the compensation,” reads part of the statement.

When contacted, lawyer representing Mulli, Tamando Chokotho, declined to comment on the matter.

“I have not received instructions to speak to the media on the matter,” he said.

Commenting on the matter, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale confirmed of the demands.

“We received the letter of demands and as government we are studying it,” he said.

Mulli, through his companies Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited, sued government to claim compensation for damage of property and loss of business during the July 20, 2011 demonstrations.

During that time, some Malawians took to the streets in protests against the then President late Bingu Wa Mutharika, demonstrating against poor leadership, bad governance and nepotism.

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