Tanzania Court Bails Malawi Activist
The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights has granted a stay to the supreme court of Malawi suspending enforcement of the court’s decision that ordered Youth and Society Director Charles Kajowoweka to pay K21 million as costs for the Maize-gate corruption case.
The stay will see the case going back in court for full trial in the Arusha Tanzania based court.
Lawyer for Charles Kajoloweka Wesley Mwafulirwa says the Malawian government should report to the African court within 15 days for full trial of the case.
“We applied for a stay order that the government through judiciary should not insist on the payment of the K21million until the case in Arusha is finalized so the court has agreed with us and has given an interlocutory order that Kajoloweka should not pay the said amount until the case is finalized in Arusha,” said Mwafulirwa.
“The Arusha court has further given direction that within 15 days from now the Malawi government should report to the human rights court for hearing of the case,” added Mwafulirwa.
Last year the supreme court of appeal ordered youth and society executive director Charles Kajoloweka to pay K21million as costs for a case in which he sued President Peter Mutharika to fire former minister of agriculture George Chaponda for his alleged involvement in the infamous maize gate saga.
However Kajoloweka through his lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa asked the court for leniency proposing to pay K500 thousand because the institution his client was representing was a nonprofit one.
Since the Supreme Court is the last resort and the matter couldn’t be appealed Kajoloweka proceed to the African court of Human and Peoples Rights which has now granted a stay suspending enforcement of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Meanwhile judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba could not comment anything saying she is yet to see the order.
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