Presidential adviser on unity and parliamentary affairs, Symon Vuwa Kaunda has settled the dispute with a lawyer who handled his case for a house anti-government protestors torched in Mzuzu City on July 20, 2011.
Last week, lawyer Leonard Mbulo sued his client for failing to settle legal fees.
They withdrew the claim for damages for the gutted house in Katoto Township to concentrate on another case in which businesspeople Asema Jabi and Khanif Mohammed Iqbal sued Kaunda for the illegal sale of a plot in Mzuzu.
On January 5, 2018, the High Court in Mzuzu passed a consent order for Kaunda to pay the two businesspeople K6 million by March 5, 2018.
But Mbulo went to court after the presidential advisor only paid K200 000 out of legal fees totalling K1 million.
In an interview on Tuesday, the lawyer said he had a “fruitful meeting” with Kaunda and has scraped off penalties for non-payment.
“He is my client and we will sign a consent order. He will only pay the legal fees,” said Mbulo.
In a separate interview, Kaunda said: “Things haven’t been rosy for me lately, but I thought I needed to settle the bill for Iqbal first.
“I apologise for the delay to pay my lawyer who I have worked with for a long time. It wasn’t intentional.”