Court Orders Seizure Of ex-President Mutharika’s Property

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika meets with reporters at the conclusion of the US-Africa Summit at the Institute of Peace in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The High Court in Lilongwe has ordered the seizure of property worth about K22 million belonging to former President Peter Mutharika and former secretary to the government, Lloyd Muhara, for failing to pay legal costs.

They were found guilty of forcing Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on leave pending retirement. The two were ordered to shoulder legal costs put at K69 million.

The former president of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, during an interview with Bloomberg at the Presidential Palace in Lilongwe, Malawi on Monday, June 25 2018. Pic: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg

A seizure order issued by Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda dated May 4, 2021, at Lilongwe High Court Registry shows that the two only managed to pay K47 million, and now face sheriffs for the remainder of the money.

Mutharika and Muhara, were on March 12, 2021, ordered to pay K69.5 million in legal fees to lawyers representing Malawi Law Society, Human Rights Defenders Coalition, and Association of Magistrates in Malawi.

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