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Sheriffs pounce on Escom

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The sheriffs on Tuesday impounded five motor vehicles from the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for the parastatal’s failure to settle a debt amounting to K104 million it owes local firms.

A warrant of judgement that The Daily Times has seen and was used to seize the vehicles indicates that Escom was dragged to court by Plastic Extrusion and Moulding Limited, Salim Karim and others.

Judiciary Spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, confirmed the development.

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“The sheriffs seized the five vehicles because Escom did not comply with a court judgement to pay Plastic Extrusion the said amount. The case was heard in our commercial division under file number 73 of 2012,” Mvula said.

The warrant of judgement, which has been signed by Deputy Sheriff of Malawi, P.D Mlauzi, also indicates that Escom blocked seizure of the vehicles on an earlier judgement that was passed in July 2016 by taking out an injunction.

But Mvula says the injunction was removed, as such the vehicles would be released only if Escom pays the debt.

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“Procedure demands that the vehicles will be in our custody till Escom pays the debt through the High Court. It is only when the debt is paid that we will release the vehicles,” Mvula said.

Escom officials were not available for comment despite our repeated attempts by phone and email to find out the services that the firms rendered to the corporation.

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