Blantyre buildings red star operation ruling on hold

Blantyre buildings red star operation High Court ruling is ready after three years but has been put on hold because the judge was busy with other matters outside the court.

Patemba: Ruling is ready but will be delivered later

High Court registrar Agnes Patemba confirmed that the ruling is ready but could not be delivered on Wednesday as earlier scheduled because the judge was busy elsewhere.

Building owners in Blantyre dragged Blantyre City Council to court for ordering the demolition of 161 buildings in the commercial cities of Blantyre and Limbe.

The council took the decision to demolish the buildings, in what is known as red star operation as the buildings were marked with red stars, after president Peter Mutharika toured the city on February 23, 2015 and expressed concern that the dilapidated buildings were an eye sore.

At least 54 of the 161 owners of the buildings marked for demolition, most of them Indian businessmen, rushed to court to stop the council from implementing the order.

Patemba said the ruling was ready on August 31 only that the judge had been busy with other equally important matters.

She said a new date would be set for the ruling.

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Tonofbricks
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Tonofbricks

Go to Nairobi and see how demolition of illegal structures is done osamangolubwalubwa a pumbwa inu!

Drake
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Drake

This Judge is not serious, may be he is waiting for the Asians to bribe him more. What this judge should know is that this is our country and we need to improve in many aspects one of it is infrastructure developments like Buildings, Blantyre and Limbe is like a big Shanty Town because of the substandard Asian Buildings and these shacks along the Mosque Road in Blantyre must go, if the owners of those shacks have no money they can sell the plots to people with money to develop. Its only Malawian cities that are failing to develop in… Read more »

benjones
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TRUE

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

Komanso inu anzathu a Malawi of Asian origin, most of you (or all of you) were born here this is your home, can’t you appreciate zoti muyenera kumanga manyumba abwino at least 4 or 5 floor buildings. You will benefit in three way (1) you will operate in new, strong and beautiful buildings (2) you will make more money for rent due to excess room space (3) the city will be beautiful. Some of the buildings were built around 1900, really do you want to operate in such places? Why then not just not just negotiate with government and bank… Read more »

Checks
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You can tell that a corrupt judge is getting kickbacks from the Asians here. Malawian courts are never serious. So frustrating.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

We want development and yet we are failing to move forward. Court injunctions everywhere, Banning plastic bags injunctions, banning Midoli injunction, banning public smoking injunction will be granted too. Malawi ameneyo.

Gwamula
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Gwamula

We are such a joke. Our Courts will even take three years to rule on an injunction application. Am sure if the ruling won’t favor the building owners the mercenary likes of Mbeta will rush to pend the judgment and appeal. Thats another 5 years of waiting

Huwee
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Huwee

A total disgrace why should judges hold a matter for.three years. I would strait away sack this judge.He is not helpful

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