Cdedi takes Malawi govt to court over new restrictions similar to lockdown

Well! You will be rightly forgiven for thinking that Malawi as a nation is another Travelling Theatre Company.The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) is scheduled to move the courts for contempt of court against government over the gazetting of the subsidiary legislation on coronavirus disease (Covid-19) preventive measures.

Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe (r) announced new measures
Cdedi executive director Silvester Namiwa

CDEDI acting executive director Sylvester Namiwa told Nyasa Times after meeting a lawyer on Sunday night that the gazetted subsidiary legislation is in fact a lockdown, which the court stopped its implementation until a judicial review is undertaken.

“CDEDI has been compelled to move the courts because the preventive measures have shamelessly disregarded a court order that stopped the same to allow for clear strategies on provision of safety nets to cushion the negative effects of a lockdown. We will not sit back and watch the Tonse Alliance government violate the rights of the people by taking advantage of the stable political environment to introduce pieces of legislation that are unilateral and lacking consultation,” said Namiwa.

He warned that the measures as spelt out by the Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda in Lilongwe on Sunday, have the potential to suffocate businesses, leading to loss of jobs among Malawians.

Namiwa added that it is sad that President Lazarus Chakwera, who rejected a lockdown when he was in opposition, has decided to backtrack on his stand on the matter ‘because he is now in the comfort of the presidency’.

“CDEDI continues to maintain its position that government should clearly spell out cushion measures for people that have seriously been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. CDEDI has noted with disappointment that government has now come up with sugar-coated lockdown measures without spelling out how the affected people will be cushioned,” he said in a telephone interview.

Namiwa has since disclosed that their lawyers are doing paperwork to enable them secure a court order, stopping government from implementing the subsidiary legislation until it spells out the measures for alleviating the poor.

Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe said the new rules  give power to the Minister of Heakth  to declare an area with  high  Covid-19 cases restricted.

In such areas, recreation centres, workplaces and other facilities will remain closed, and movements in such areas will be restricted.

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Mbewe wa BT.
Mbewe wa BT.
1 month ago

Zotsatira ndi kutimanga tonse. Kale kunalibe covid-19 anzawo akumati tisamale.

Mbewe wa BT.
Mbewe wa BT.
1 month ago

Mwati mumati zingatani, asapesa akutsogoleqa zinthu. Achakwera adakamphunzira, momwemonso nduna zawo.

Chinamwali Boy
Chinamwali Boy
1 month ago

We are still waiting for the court injunction. I said it here kuti these people are taking advantage kuti we have people with questionable mental capabilities in our media houses and they are fooling them. You don’t write stories chifukwa wina wake wanena kuti apita ku court. No. You wait until they file the court papers and kenako ndimmene umalemba. Nyasatimes and all media houses should grow some balls and stop beng played like fools.

Medson
Medson
1 month ago

Where is HRDC sale out organization yopanda chilungamo kumutundu wa a malawi
Mtambo sold out by giving him a ministerial position
Eish my country is dying slowly.

Medson
Medson
1 month ago

Tonse government is totally disaster
And shameless government.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
1 month ago

MCP yayambapo kuonetsa nkhaza zake

Nepotism
1 month ago

Pitani ku courtko whatever the case bola dpp is out of the government

Kambewa ngozo
1 month ago

Foseki
I know the so called Bishop alw wants to get allowance when they atte a meeting. I also have evidence that so of them are being used by Dpp.

Malebwede
1 month ago

Abusa Chakwera please spare us from the “Doggy style”. We don’t want it from behind!!! Lawyer Kamchedzera observed that Your doggy laws have no space in Malawi. Follow the right procedure Mr learner president. Abeg ooo!!

Joseph Mwakibinga
Joseph Mwakibinga
1 month ago

Koma able, minister m’mutu ngati wa mental. Zinazi atsogoleri akanalowerelapo. Ndani angalemekeze nyansi ngati izi? Kumvetsa chisoni!!

Edward
Edward
1 month ago

Don’t judge a person by his dress but what he does, good or bad

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