Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Prominent Lawyers Sue Kiu for 12m/-

TWO prominent advocates, Mabere Marando and Gabriel Mnyele, have filed a suit at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam, demanding payments of over 12m/- from Kampala International University (KIU).

The 12,326,160/-, plaint of the suit states, include instruction fees to defend KIU in a case, service rendered, disbursements and work done on behalf of the university as its advocates and at its request.

It is alleged that the university engaged the two advocates in litigation proceedings that were filed at the High Court, Commercial Division, in 2010 against KIU by Kimambo Blocks Makers.

The two advocates allegedly agreed to represent the university in the said matter. By accepting the offer to represent the university, a contract between the parties was formed. Furthermore, it is claimed that on November 15, 2010, the advocates issued an invoice to KIU worth 11,891,160/- being instruction fee to defend and requested the university to pay 50 per cent of the fees as per that time.

However, until July 2012 when the said suit came to an end, the university had not paid the instruction fees to the duo. Despite several reminders, KIU has refused to heed to the same.

The two advocates are, therefore, requesting the court to order the university to pay the 12,326,160/- being amount due and payable to them. They are also seeking for payments of interests, general damages at the discretion of the court, costs of the suit and any other reliefs the court may deem fit to grant.

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