By Megameno Shikwambi
A local legal firm, Muluti & Partners raked in a total of N$3.5 million in legal fees from the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) paid at various intervals between 2018 and 2019, according to bank details seen by The Patriot.
This is despite the institute failing to commit to its promises of giving its workers a salary increase this year prompting them to protest at the public enterprises ministry and petitioning the health ministry recently.
Bank details leaked to this publication shows that Muluti & Partners invoiced NIP a total of N$199 000 in legal fees in the civil suit against now fired chief executive officer Augustinus Katiti. The invoice dated the first of July 2019 was supposed to be settled within 30 days.
Lawyers charged N$3000 as administrative fee for opening a file, taking instructions, consideration of matter, file notice as well as intention to defend.
An amount of N$300 was charged for merely receiving and perusing the planning notice while another N$450 was charged for writing and dispatching a letter.
Receipt and perusal of an email by a client was charged N$ 345.00.
The lawyers charged N$35 000 on the 20th of May this year for, among others, collating, paginating and indexing documents for delivery to senior and junior counsel.
Most of the billing deals with the settlement of human resource related issues, which could be solved internally and at a fraction of the cost.
An amount of N$3 750 had to be forked out for consultation with counsel while N$2 500 was incurred in order for the lawyers to attend on settling client’s plea and counter claim and uploading the document on a High Court online platform called e-justice.