MDC Alliance secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has said that the opposition is going to challenge the legal bill of $3.2 million which it received from Zanu-PF’s lawyers Dube, Manikai and Hwacha Legal Practitioners. This comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed Nelson Chamisa’s presidential challenge in August and slapped him with the costs of the case. Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Mwonzora said,
We were advised that they have billed us for the costs as ordered by the court. In our view, the bill is extremely excessive, not bonafide and grossly exaggerated and our lawyers are going to contest it. We are told that they have billed us a figure of around US$3, 2 million. There is a process called taxation where if we fail to agree on the bill, the court will have to go through the bill and determine what is fair. The bill we have at the moment is grossly malicious.
Zanu-PF’s secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said,
The lawyers from both sides are negotiating and we haven’t yet resolved the matter; in particular, the quantum of the costs as ordered by the court….If they do not reach a resolution, the Registrar of Court will, through the process of taxation, go through the claimant’s bill to see whether he has charged appropriately.
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Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer, politician and senator representing Movement for Democratic Change in parliament. Mwonzora is currently Secretary General of the MDC Alliance. He was the COPAC Co-Chairperson representing the opposition parties in the drafting of the new constitution in 2013, the other chairperson... Read More About Douglas Mwonzora
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