Sherriff Seizes Mzuzu City Property Over K110m Unpaid Fines
Exactly a week after the Sheriff in Mzuzu impounded bank property in the middle of business hours, the Sherriff has now seized five council vehicles in the city.
A document from the Sheriff of Malawi that Zodiak has sourced indicates that the council owes various stakeholders money totaling K110 million accumulated from different civil cases that the appellants won at the courts in Mzuzu.
Amongst the cases is where the council is supposed to pay about K30milkion to one of the councils COMSIP groups, K41million to Malawi Revenue Authority, K15million to one of the city’s residents, Goodwin Mvula, among many others.
Christon Ghambi lawyers for stakeholders that have issues with the council says the council has failed to honor court ruling and deserve such action.
“We had a civil case with the council where we were asking for compensation for commercial land which the council encroached, but since ruling was made the council has not shown any willingness to pay my client K15.4million as ruled by the court,” Said Ghambi.
Mzuzu city council spokesperson, Macdonald Gondwe, acknowledged the action by the Sherriff.
“Five council vehicles including two Toyota 4 by 4 vehicles that are used by directors, a pool vehicle and two refuse carriers have all been impounded.
But our lawyers are already on the ground handling the matter. It is a blow to us especially on the refuse vehicles as this will aggravate our waste management issues and sanitation will greatly be compromised,” said Gondwe.
Mzuzu city council has come under heavy criticism for failing to manage waste, as garbage continue to pile up in almost every corner of the town.
Apart from inadequate refuse vehicles, the city currently has no dump site after communities of Nsilo where it constructed a multi-million waste management site, destroyed and closed the facility due to the council’s failure to put control measures that were to protect the surrounding communities from any effects of the dump site.