The High Court in Mzuzu on Monday ordered the opening of Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) premises in Mzuzu.
The premises were sealed after MBL failed to pay Lunyina Haulage K9.4 million (about $28 484) which included outstanding debt, value added tax (VAT) and interest.
MBL subcontracted Lunyina Haulage to transport fertiliser during the 2010/11 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).
High Court judge Dingiswayo Madise ordered MBL to pay Lunyina Haulage the money, but MBL appealed the ruling and asked for stay of execution.
The court granted the stay of execution on condition that the money be deposited with the court. This did not happen and MBL Mzuzu premises were sealed.
Monday, MBL lawyer Chancy Gondwe pleaded with the court to order the unsealing of the premises, saying the decision was irregular.
He argued that the order to deposit money with the court did not specify the period and that the sheriffs’ order was to impound chattels and not seal the building.
Madise ordered the immediate opening of the building and that MBL should pay the money in three instalments, the first in seven days, the second and third in thirty days, respectively.