Court fines 15 bar owners for ‘selfish, careless behaviour’ breaking Malawi’s Covid measures

A court in Lilongwe has fined 15 bar owners K20 000 each for failure to close their pubs at 8pm gazetted time.

‘This selfish, careless behaviour must stop!”

The Lilongwe Senior  Resident  Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced the bar owners to pay  the fine or in default serve one month imprisonment with hard labour for contravening Covid -19 regulations which is contrary to section 20(2)(a) of the Malawi Public Health Act.

State prosecutors Humphreys Makhalila and Jimmy Kampira told the court that the convicts on January 16, 2021 were found operating  night clubs beyond the time limit set by Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 prevention measures.

Appearing in court, the 15 night club owners pleaded guilty to the charge of contravening covid-19 regulations.

In submission, the state prosecutors asked the court to pass a stiffer punishment to the offenders as a warning to other would-be offenders .

In her ruling, the senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona Chirwa  sentenced the convicts to pay a fine of K20,000 each or in default serve one month imprisonment with hard labour.

The convicts have since paid the fines.

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Justice for all
Justice for all
6 months ago

The money they make 20pin is not enough plus breaking rules is not cheap but other way at least they paid

ERUTU
ERUTU
6 months ago

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees 🦖🇲🇼

Black berry
Black berry
6 months ago

Twenty thousand kwacha is too little

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

20 pin basi? komaso masewela akewo nde munthu angalape?
wats so special in leaving the pubs open and I mean till 8??
JUST CLOSE THEM UP PLEASE MR PRESIDENT.
WE GOT NO ENOUGH FACILITY LET ALONE EQUIPMENT IN THE HOSPITAL.
PLEASE WE GOT THE ARMY PANOPA ANGOKHALA VANT THEY BE DEPLOYED TO HELP IN THE HOSPITALS? WHILE AWAITING FOR THE SLOW TASK FORCE TO RECRUIT HEALTHCARE WORKERS?
WE ARE IN CRISIS.PLEEEEASE

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