Malawi is a country full of drama as every day people wake up to new scandals and reveals of past or present issues.
The newest reveal is that Court will award lawyers seven Billion Kwacha and the Executive Secretary to president Lazarus Chakwera, Sean Kampondeni being entitled to his opinion chimes in.
Posting on his Facebook page he asks what he calls the 7 BILLION KWACHA QUESTIONS
1. Does anyone really believe that if the two Petitioners had lost the elections case at the Constitutional Court, the bill their lawyers would have presented to them for legal services for eight months would have been 7 billion Kwacha?
2. If not, doesn't the State's loss of the case with costs mean that the tax payer should only pay either whatever bills the lawyers would have charged their clients had they lost or whatever bills they agreed to when they negotiated the terms of representation with their clients?
3. Even in the unlikely event that the K7 billion kwacha bill is more reasonable than extortionate, is there a reason tax payers are not being told how much of it will be shouldered by each of the two respondents, just as taxpayers have been told how much of it will be awarded to each of the two petitioners?
4. And if the triumphant lawyers have chosen to burden the taxpayer with such a bill as their just recompense, should the lawyers still be regarded in the court of public opinion as sacrificial contributors to the cause of justice in the court case or should their public esteem now be reduced to something more mercenary?
5. Doesn't this bill justify and warrant a repeal of the general approach of assessing legal costs only after a trial instead of continuously throughout the trial so that the court already knows the costs on each side when it is delivering a judgment on costs?