The MDC Alliance has revealed that the $3,2 million legal bill that came after party president, Nelson Chamisa challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 polls is inflated.
The Constitutional Court dismissed with costs Chamisa’s Presidential election court petition on August 24th.
In an interview with State Media, MDC-Alliance secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora said the party will invoke the process of taxation of costs.
“We were advised that they have billed us for the costs as ordered by the court,” said Mr Mwonzora.
“In our view, the bill is extremely excessive, not bonafide and grossly exaggerated and our lawyers are going to contest it.
“We are told that they have billed us a figure of around US$3, 2 million.
“There is a process called taxation where if we fail to agree on the bill, the court will have to go through the bill and determine what is fair.
“The bill we have at the moment is grossly malicious.”
President Mnangagwa’s lawyers recently billed Chamisa’s representatives, claiming the costs as ordered by the court.
Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana, , highlighted that if the matter is not resolved soon, the parties will resort to the taxation process.
“The lawyers from both sides are negotiating and we haven’t yet resolved the matter; in particular, the quantum of the costs as ordered by the cour,” said Mangwana adding that If the lawyers fail to reach an agreement, we will take the matter to court for resolution through a process known as taxation.