ZAMBIAN Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali has been dragged to court for failure to settle K407,000 legal fees he owes Lusaka lawyer Hobday Kabwe.
This is a matter in which Mr Tayali had appealed a High Court ruling in which he was denied chance to join the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) case against Zambian Airways shareholders, Mutembo Nchito, Fred M’membe and JCN Holding Limited.
DBZ was and is still claiming K14 million from Zambian Airways and its shareholders.
Mr Tayali had applied to the High Court to be joined to the matter as an interested party but his case was dismissed.
It was at this time that Mr Tayali hired Hobday Kabwe and Company to appeal to the Supreme Court and deposited K6, 000 out of an agreed legal bill of K70, 000 at a rate of K500 per hour.
Hobday Kabwe and Company is now demanding from Mr Tayali and his Zambian Voice -K407, 000 with interest.
This is according to a statement of claim filed in the High Court of Zambia yesterday.
Mr Tayali signed an agreement with Hobday Kabwe and Company in which he guaranteed the payment of legal fees on behalf of Zambian Voice.
Mr Tayali had even submitted a written proposal to deposit K70,000 as advance payment but only managed K6,000 leaving a balance of K63,000.
The Zambian Voice executive director also guaranteed that the balance would be calculated at a rate of K500 per hour.
“On or about 16th July, 2012, Mr Tayali paid an advance of K6,000 towards the agreed deposit of K70,000 leaving a balance of K63,000 on the agreed deposit whilst the plaintiff’s firm had expended 826 hours in over attendances and prosecuting the case for the defendants under the Supreme Court case no. SCZ/8/132/2012 in the period between July 12, 2012 and January 8, 2013 giving rise to an accrued K413,000 in legal fees due and payable by Mr Tayali and the Zambian Voice,” the statement of claims read.
The DBZ case against Zambian Airways is back in the High Court after the respondents appealed to the Supreme Court arguing breach of procedural by the presiding judge.