Broke? Court orders seizure of Mutharika, Muhara's assets


Former president Peter Mutharika and his then Chief Secretary Llyod Muhara will have to part ways with some of their prized possessions valued at K22 million for failing to service a court order. 

The two were told to pay a whooping MK69.5 million in legal fees to the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Malawi Law Society (MLS) and the Magistrates Association (MA). 

The two have only managed to pay off K47 million.

In court paperwork has seen, sheriffs have been told they have to seize property to square up the remainder.

Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda made the order in Lilongwe on May 4th, 2021.

Mutharika and Muhara were found guilty of trying to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on leave pending retirement.

The three parties (HRDC, MLS and AM) in court argued that Mutharika and Muhara tried to undermine the independence of the justice and legal system in their decision.

They also argued the decision made and its cost should lie with the two personally.

Tax payers were to be exempted for their legal mistake. 

On March 12, 2021 an order was made to pay K69.5 million in legal fees.

They sought a stay order which was denied and told they have to pay.