The lawyer ‘ate our money’ – 20 July victims’ families cry foul over compensation

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Though government of Malawi compensated the ten families of victims of 20 July, 2011 with K30 million, the families are facing challenges financially and have accused their lawyer of pocketing a big share of the money.

Speaking during a tombstone unveiling ceremony in Mzuzu, representative of the families Mercy Mfune said they shared K11 million amongst themselves and their lawyer George Kadzipatike got the remaining amount as legal fees.

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Kadzipatike has denied the accusations

Kadzipatike has since rubbished the claim by the families arguing they are not “honest”.

He further challenged the families to go and check at his law firm whether he pocketed K19 million from the money they got from the government.

The families of the 20 July 2011 demanded government to compensate them following death of their relations when police opened fire at protesters during anti-government demonstrations.

20 people got killed while others got injured during the demonstrations which occurred during the reign of late President Bingu wa Mutharika.

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