Court fails to give verdict on landmark plastic case

The High Court in Blantyre on Wednesday failed to give verdict on a stay order obtained by plastic making companies in the country to stop the government from going ahead to ban use of plastics in the country.

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Court officials said the Judge Healey Potani was busy in a crucial meeting and would set another day for the ruling.

Lawyer from the attorney general chambers Neverson Chisiza said the ruling was ready only that the judge was tied up to appear in court to deliver it.

“We are told that he would set another day for the ruling, so we would be waiting,” he said.

The plastic companies lost the case in the High Court on the ban of the plastics and went ahead to apply for a judicial review which was dismissed.

Instead, the companies applied for a stay order, to stop the ministry of Natural Resources, Mines and Environmental Affairs from implementing the ban and the judge guaranteed them a temporary stay order pending intra-party hearing.

Potani was therefore on Wednesday expected to rule on the stay order.

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cymru
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cymru

The type of plastics under the court case are bad to the environment. Burning them is also very dangerous. They have damaged the environment and should no longer be produced. This is the interest for all Malawians except those who get bread and butter from the plastics. The question one is tempted to ask is why should Malawi authorities allow production of the thin plastics which are dangerous to lives? Please, lets protect our country from disasters that can be prevented. We have had many problems to take care of. If other countries like Rwanda are successful in protecting their… Read more »

Samuel
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Samuel

Mapulasiti pepala anenedwawa kwa ine alibe vuto. Chofunika ndichoti opanga mapepalawa pamodzi nndiunduna umene ukuletsa mapepalawa aphunzitse amalawi kuti akatha kugwiritsa ntchito atani nao mapepakawa mmalo mongotaya, aziotchedwa kapena azisiyidwa penapake kuti okonzawa adzidzatola ndi kuwakonzanso ngati zimatheka. Ndangodutsamo, tinvera a Potani.

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

Issues that concern rich indians will never be receive justice. The red star issue has been standing since Kamuzu days and I dont think any court in Malawi can rule on issues concerning indians even Mwaungulu cant rule anything.

Gwamula
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Gwamula

Why not ask a fellow judge to deliver it. Or even leave copies with the Registrar for the parties to collect?

Huwee
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Huwee

This is stupid our judges must demonstrate that they are working to promote things that protect our country and not their families and bellies. Mr Potani must conclude this case before mid this month!

Mphwache
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Mphwache

Our justice system is a joke. How many cases in court are awaiting judgement, long after court proceedings? Are the judges waiting for a bigger payment?

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