Parliament suspends deliberations on questionable sale of petrol station

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Parliament was suspended on Thursday morning to allow the leadership of the House to hold an emergency meeting to discuss a motion by an MP for Dowa West MP Abel Kayembe that questions the sale of the Gam Fuels gas station at Kanengo in Lilongwe.

This is after deputies expressed interest in investigating and finding out about the sale of the gas station.

The petrol station is being challenged following the decision by Malawi High Court Sheriffs to seize and sell the petrol station to the Simama group of companies.

Gam Investments and Fuels Limited chairman Gerson Mkweza said the seizure followed his failure to settle legal fees of K747 million in a misunderstanding he had with Alfred Gangata, managing director of Masters Boreholes Drilling Company.

Initially, Gangata owed Mkweza K1.5 million for fuel he took on credit, prompting the latter to snatch the keys to a drilling machine from the former.

Gangata then sued Mkweza, seeking damages for loss of business.

High Court Judge Ken Manda ruled that Gam Investments and Fuels Limited was to pay K747 million to Masters Boreholes Drilling Company for loss of business.

Parliament was suspended to allow the Business Committee to discuss the motion before it was introduced.

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