HIGH Court judge, Clement Phiri, this week delivered a judgement against the Ministry of Home Affairs that is likely to mark an epoch in the country’s jurisprudence. Phiri ordered the Minister of Finance, his permanent secretary and the paymaster-general to garnish the Ministry of Home Affairs’ account and compensate Tendai Mangwiro, who lost $1,5 million to the police after they seized the businessman’s money in 2008. He clearly indicated that failure to do so would render the civil servants to be in contempt of court. Despite earlier judgements in favour of Mangwiro, he had failed to recover the money from the police, and found no succour from then Home Affairs Minister, Ignatius Chombo. Even Treasury had frustrated the man’s desperate…