Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--Mzuzu High Court has vacated an injunction which was obtained by the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) tenants in Mzimba restraining them from paying the hiked rentals adjusted last year.
MHC adjusted rentals for the houses in Mzimba on 1 November last year but the tenants obtained an injunction against the adjustment arguing the houses weren't in good condition.
The injunction restrained them from paying hiked rentals but after the Injunction was obtained, it is alleged that some tenants refused to pay even the old rentals, resulting in MHC not getting anything from their houses.
The development forced the parastatal on Friday last week to ask the Mzuzu High Court to vacate the injunction claiming it was being abused.
Mzuzu High Court judge Sunduzwayo Madise told the local media that the decision was made upon realizing that the tenants aren't even paying the old rentals. Madise further said that MHC has a right to evict the tenants from the houses if they continue not paying the rentals.
But lawyer representing Mzimba tenants, Christon Ghambi, said they will challenge the ruling soon, arguing it wasn't true that the tenants were refusing to pay the old rentals.
MHC announced the rental hike last year citing the devaluation of the local currency as a main reason. The vacation of the injunction means that the tenants will be paying the hiked rentals.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013