Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda has asked the court to order Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member of parliament (Mp) for Mzimba Hora ,Christopher Mzomera Ngwira to return a vehicle and other items she gave him when he was the People’s Party (PP) Provincial Chairperson for the Northern Region.
Ngwira, who is currently being investigated by the Anti-Corruption
Bureau on corruption allegations, was expelled from PP and joined the
According to summons filed by Banda’s lawyers the former president retains ownership of the motor vehicle, a KIA
registration number ZA 1457, which was given to Ngwira to ease his
mobility challenges when he was a PP member.
The other items which Banda and PP claim Ngwira is clinging to are
a mini-bus, three motorcycles, 20 bicycles and party cloth.
According to the party’s constitution, the items were supposed to be handed back within 14 days after his expulsion on December 14 2015.
Banda also denies Ngwira’s claims that she gave him the vehicle as a gift arguing that the party has never relinquished rights over the property in question.
“Due to the defendant’s refusal to return the vehicle to the
registered titleholder and owner thereof the claimant herein has
suffered conversion of her motor vehicle and loss of use thereof,”
reads part of the summons.
Banda has therefore asked the court to order the return of the
vehicle to her or PP and also that Ngwira pays her damages for
conversion of the vehicle in question and loss of use.
“Wherefore the claimant prays for an order that the defendant be
condemned in costs of this action,” it reads.
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