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Power Market Limited withdraws order against Ombudsman

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Grace Malera

Electricity single buyer licence operator Power Market Limited (PML) and the Office of the Ombudsman have agreed that the former withdraw the injunction it obtained to allow the Ombudsman to carry out an enquiry into the recruitment of the firm’s top officials.

On Monday last week, PML obtained a court order stopping Ombudsman Grace Malera from conducting the enquiry.

But PML’s lawyer, Wapona Kita, said in an interview Monday that both sides had agreed that the enquiry continues but on agreed terms.

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Kita said the agreement had been reached even before they appeared before High Court Judge William Msiska who has since adjourned the case to an undisclosed date.

“We are talking, so we will definitely submit consent on how to proceed. The matter will be settled. Definitely, the enquiry may proceed, but on agreed terms in terms of what we are complaining to the court,” Kita said.

He did not elaborate what the agreed terms were.

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Malera also confirmed that the enquiry will proceed and that the two sides had agreed that the injunction be withdrawn.

“I can confirm that we have had extensive discussions with PML lawyers and we have mutually agreed that PML will withdraw the application to allow for the enquiry to continue on mutually agreed terms,” she said.

Last week, Malera said the injunction was up to August 1 when both sides would go to court to make submissions.

The Ombudsman had initially planned to conduct the enquiry between July 25 and 27 before she was blocked by the court.

Her office received complaints alleging that the entire PML executive management was recruited without undergoing interviews, but appointed based on political affiliation to then-governing Democratic Progressive Party.

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