BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Businessman and governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sympathizer Leston Mulli will smile all the way to the bank on Friday May 15 2020 after getting a government cheque worth a whopping MK11 billion following his claim for damaged property during the infamous July 20,2011 violent demonstrations.
Insiders said government finally gave Mulli the cheque this week and he will cash it this Friday although it did not go through various vetting processes.
“We have finally paid off Mr Mulli following his claim of damaged property during the violent demonstrations in July 2011. He has the cheque ready to cash out on Friday 15th May 2020,” said an insider from Treasury.
Government technocrats however wondered how the payment has been done without government contesting ‘such a huge payment’ as is normally the case.
“This is a huge amount considering that the same person was also paid MK3.2 billion on the same claim in 2013. Government did not even contest it. It is surprising really,” said one top government official who did not want to be named.
Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale confirmed in the local press that government was reviewing the K11 billion claim from Mulli a few weeks ago and was yet to make a decision on the matter.
Kaphale could not be reached to comment on allegations on why government did not defend the matter.
The Mulli deal was negotiated through his lawyer, Charles Mhango, a former Attorney General and current DPP Legal Affairs Director.
Mhango is expected to get around K550 million if he claims 5% legal fees from the transaction as is normally the case.
The payment is expected to open a Pandoras box as regards government debts with various organizations and individuals where only those connected to the ruling party get paid despite government claiming that it is sailing through troubled financial waters.