Sheriffs have impounded the official vehicle of Mzuzu City Council (MCC) chief executive over a K20 million debt.
According to court documents, the council in 2005 sold a house and a shop to Grace Mussa at K54 000 and K250 000, respectively.
The structures were part of the houses the council had impounded from city rates defaulters.
However, in 2015 MCC reversed the decision, a development that saw Mussa engage lawyer George Kadzipatike to sue the council for breach of contract. The court ordered that Mussa be compensated.
To force the council to pay the money, Kadzipatike said sheriffs were instructed to seize a Ford Ranger vehicle which MCC chief executive officer McloudKadammanja uses.
The lawyer said he has already instructed the sheriffs to sell the vehicle to recover the money.
“We consider that the vehicle is already up for sale. We already instructed sheriffs to sell the car. Those interested to buy can start viewing it, but after consulting the sheriffs. The vehicle is at the Mzuzu Court House,” he said.
MCC lawyer Victor Gondwe said the council is almost ready with money.
He said by March 10 2018, there should be funds to clear the debt.