The long battle between the 20 July, 2011 bereaved families and Malawi government is now over, as both side settled down their differences at Mzuzu high court on Wednesday.
The bereaved families have been battling with government through the Mzuzu high court to compensate them for the past years but to no avail.
Following the court summon, government through the office of treasury has on Wednesday disbursed the fund for compensation.
Confirming the development to Maravi Post, spokesperson to the Ministry of Finance Nations Msowoya as well as lawyers representing the bereaved families said the case now is closed.
“We have now finally come to conclusion because government has disbursed the fund for compensation. But as the lawyers representing the bereaved families we are now happy to see government showing interest at last,” said George Kazipatike, lawyer for the families.
“We are also happy because our clients can now smile after losing their beloved ones with the compensation,” he added.
On 17 March this year, the Mzuzu high court ordered the treasury office to compensate the 20 July demonstration bereaved families with K31, 204, 792 million within 14 days but government defied the order.
This led to the summoning of Dr Ronald Mangani by the Mzuzu high court on Wednesday who was represented by government lawyers.
About 20 innocent people lost their lives on the 20 July, 2011 demonstration.
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