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Gam Filling Station ‘clandestine’ sale raises MPs’ eyebrows

Aug 4, 2022

Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed interest to probe and get to the bottom of the ‘clandestine’ sale of Gam Filling Station at Kanengo in Lilongwe.

The service station is under dispute following the decision by High Court of Malawi sheriffs to seize and sell it to Simama Group of Companies without the knowledge of the owners.

Chairman for Gam Investments and Fuels Limited, Gerson Mkweza, said the seizure follows his failure to settle K747 million legal fees in a misunderstanding he had with Alfred Gangata, the Managing Director of Masters Boreholes Drilling Company.

Initially, Gangata owed Mkweza K1, 550, 000.00 for fuel he took on credit, which prompted the latter to snatch keys for a borehole-drilling machine from the former.

Gangata then sued Mkweza, demanding damages for loss of business. And in his phased judgment, the High Court judge Ken Manda ruled that Gam Investments and Fuels Limited should pay K747 million to Masters Boreholes Drilling Company for loss of business.

As Mkweza was preparing to challenge the judgment at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, sheriffs went to seize his K2.5 billion worth of property and sold it to Simama Group of Companies at K610 million.

The matter has raised eyebrows among Malawians, with lawmakers expressing dismay with the supersonic speed at which the sheriffs have handled the sale of the property.

The lawmakers believe this is daylight robbery that should not be entertained in Malawi.

Mulanje Bale legislator Victor Musowa described the sale as ‘impunity of the highest order’.

Musowa said MPs will have to discuss the matter in parliament.

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