Three Lusaka law firms have sued former Finance deputy minister Newton Ng’uni in the Lusaka High Court for failing to pay K2,400,000 legal fees.
Keith Mweemba, PNP and Makebi Zulu Advocates are demanding K2.4 million for legal services rendered to him during the criminal prosecution of former Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito.
In their statements of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, the three firms say they entered into an agreement with Ng’uni that he would make an initial deposit payment of K200,000 to each of the three firms to represent him in January this year.
Nguni agreed that he would issue three post-dated cheques in the sum of K100,000 to each firm to cover part of the said deposit payment through Lewis Chisanga Mosho, which Ngu’ni neglected.
Despite the lawyers issuing the final bill in the combined sum of K2.4 million upon completion of Ngu’ni’s instructions he has to date failed to settle the bills.
The claim says due to Nguni’s failure to settle the bill the three advocates have suffered loss and damages and are claiming the K 2.4 million, damages for breach of contract, interest and any other relief the court may deem fit.
They are also claiming their exposure of outstanding sums to the effects of devaluation of the Kwacha as a result of the delay or failure in settling the same amount.