Judge Dismisses Thyolo District Council' Application on TAYO Compensation

High Court judge Jack N'riva has dismissed with cost the application High Court judge Jack N'riva has dismissed with cost the application

High Court judge Jack N'riva has dismissed with cost the application by the Thyolo District Council to pay Thyolo Active Youth Organisation (TAYO) K32 million compensation in instalments after it demolished its offices to construct a new stadium.

After the determination by the High Court Assistant Registrar in February this year, the council stayed the payment and applied for the K2.5 million instalments per month.

But in his judgment analysis made available to Zodiak, Judge N'riva indicates that the claimant has failed to satisfy the court of the inability to pay the judgement sum at once.

In the application, the Council, argued that its finances are not healthy and that has deficits and arrears on several areas as well as social services provision.

Meanwhile, on Friday, TAYO executive director Willard Mwambo, said the organisation expects the district council to follow the earlier judgment.

"We all abide by the rule of law and nobody is about the law. So our expectation is that the council will follow the order because for us to go to court we wanted to seek justice," Mwambo said.

However, Thyolo District Commissioner Douglas Moffat, says the council will comment after being served with the determination.

On February 3, 2022, High Court Assistant Registrar, Chapita Banda, ordered the defendant to pay the claimant K32 Million as compensations and goodwill for the TAYO office which was demolished due to construction of the new stadium.

The office which had computer laboratory, warehouse, entertainment and conference halls,  was demolished in 2018.

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