Ng’uni debt battle settled


By Nation Reporter

THE Lusaka High Court has terminated a case in which three Lusaka lawyers sued former deputy minister of Finance in the MMD administration, Newton Isaiah Nguni, for failing to pay K2.4 million for legal services.

The case was terminated after the parties agreed to the terms of settlement through a consent order.

This is in a case in which Mr Ng’uni was dragged to court by Keith Mweemba of Keith Mweemba Advocates and Gilbert Phiri of PNP and Makebi Zulu of Makebi Zulu Advocates after he was alleged to have failed to pay K2,400,000 legal fees following the criminal prosecution of the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.

According to a consent judgment delivered in the Lusaka High Court, it was agreed that the matter be terminated forthwith upon mutual agreement of the parties.

It was also agreed that the plaintiffs by themselves, agents or associates shall not have any further claim against the defendants concerning the matter before court.

The consent order was delivered after the parties agreed to the terms of settlement.

Earlier, in their statements of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, the trio entered into an agreement with Mr Ng’uni and that he made an initial deposit payment in the sum of K200, 000 to each of the three firms to be represented in his legal proceedings.

Ng’uni agreed that he would issue three post-dated cheques in the sum of K100, 000 to each of the law firms to cover part of the deposit payment.

Despite the trio issuing the final bill in the combined sum of K2.4 million upon completion of Ngu’ni’s instructions, their client allegedly failed to settle the bills.

The trio then sued for damages for breach of contract, interest and any other relief the court may deem fit, including the exposure of outstanding sums to the effects of the devaluation of the kwacha.