Maurivet Ltd. wins a major case against the Government of Mauritius
The case dates back to 2013 when contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP), a highly contagious and fatal disease of goat, was seriously affecting the goat population in the country. Dr Dewan Sibartie, Chairman of Maurivet Ltee was asked by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security to supply, as a matter of utmost urgency, 10,000 doses of CCPP vaccines to help control the disease. Dr Sibartie , himself a former Chief Veterinary Officer and Director of the Ministry could not remain insensitive to such a request and placed an emergency order of 10,000 doses at very high costs. When the vaccines arrived, the Ministry took only 3,000 doses from Maurivet Ltd and waited for another supplier to import the vaccines and purchased the remaining 7000 doses from that supplier.
Despite numerous reminders, the Ministry failed to take the remaining 7,000 doses and Maurivet Ltd. had no alternative but to initiate legal action with damages against the Ministry for failure to honour its commitments.
In its verdict, the Industrial Court ruled in favour of Maurivet Ltd. while deploring the attitude of the senior staff of the Ministry.
Maurivet Ltd. plans to invest the money received as damages to further improve its services to clients especially the farming community.