Post ready to pay workers, court told

 

THE Post Newspaper is ready to pay the five aggrieved former employees who are the cause of the company’s forced liquidation any amount as requested and directed by the court without putting the company under liquidation, but  no mention was made of the K108 million owed to other institutions including the ZRA yesterday. The application was made by Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe as the Lusaka High Court set Decrmber 5, 2026, as hearing for all applications filed in the petition to wind up the Post Newspapers Limuted that was placed under provisional liquidation last week. High Court Judge Sunday Nkonde yesterday told the parties to the liquidation process  that converged at a scheduled hearing that all other responses should be made within the given period before the set date. Mr Justice Nkonde gave directives to the lawyers present who included Post Newspaper’s legal team of Nchito and Nchito Associates; newly appointed Post (in liquidation) lawyers Palan and George Advocates, as well as advocates from the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) who wete appearing to hear their notice to be joined to the matter as petitioners. Among the application before Mr Justice Nkonde included the application from the Post Newspapers requesting the court to set aside the exparte order for the appointment of Lewis Nathan as the company liquidators, and Mr M’membe’s application to set aside the order to liquidate the publication without an opportunity for the respondents to defend themselves. Other applications included a request for setting aside of change of advocates that replaced former DPP Mutembo Nchito and his brother Nchima as Post lawyers with Palan and George Advocates. Another application was by the newly appointed advocates Palan and George for the court to discontinue applications for setting aside change of advocates and stay the court’s decision. ZRA have also applied to be joined as petitioners to the winding up of the Post for failure to settle up to K80 million in unpaid taxes owed to the authority.Mr Justice Nkonde set December 5, 2016, as the date to hear all the interlocutory  applications in the

matter.