Court grants MRA injunction stopping Malawi airport, borders’ demos

The High Court in Blantyre has granted an injunction to the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and two other companies who sought relief  to restrict Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from conducting protests at airports and borders on August 26 to 30

Tambulasi: The economy of Malawi is supported by domestic resources. It is a fact that previous demonstrations have drastically affected businesses and the consequences are huge

 

 

Judge Jack Nriva granted the injunction  stopping the holding of  the demonstrations in the country’s airports and borders, saying holding demonstrations in the said places would jeorpadise operations of MRA and the national economy.

HRDC is continuing with its series of nationwide protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign for presiding over flawed May 21 Tripartite Elections which saw the commission declaring Peter Mutharika as the presidential winner.

Lawyers for MRA alongside Airport Development Limited (ADL) and National Oil Company Limited (Nocma), led by Lusungu Gondwe, argued that the HRDC can proceed to demonstrate elsewhere but not at the airports and borders.

Another lawyer, Felix Tambulasi, who is also MRA director of legal services, said the authority had a national duty to collect revenue to support the national budget and should the demonstrations proceed, they would hinder its operations and suffer losses.

The hearing was an inter-partes and lawyer for HRDC, William Chiwaya, raised four points in their preliminary objections to the application for an injunction including that the MRA commissioner general did not have capacity to stop demonstrations at airport or borders as the said places do not fall under his control.

The court in its ruling delivered on Friday accepted the application of MRA, ADL and Nocma and granted an injunction stoping the protestors from staging their anti-Jane Ansah protest at airports and borders.

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aNNSA
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aNNSA

They knew they was not gonna do it. Who is Mtambo????

Lego
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Revolution will go on no matter how this Lhomwe judge did.Demonstrations are under our Malawian constitutional laws,so where did he got his judgement from?

kaukonde
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kaukonde

Nliva is the only judge with a level head while the likes of Kenyatta want to be praised for allowing these looters. Some judges are giving space to these looter because the violence has not affected them but soon these looters will visit your homes and that is when you will feel the pain. From some sources I have heard that fellow judges are against Ansah appointment as EC chair and they are happy when people are demonstrating against her.

Lego
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Nliva is a PRO DPP

WaWathu
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WaWathu

Nriva is a well known DPP mercenary. Not surprising at all. Ask around people who know Nriva. Nriva and Ansah are in the same WhatsApp group, people who are happy to see Malawi where it is now. ADL, NOCMA and MRA are in same DPP WhatApp group. NOCMA is led by a known DPP cadet who is now at the centre of high levels corruption as they are granting fuel transportation contracts to Tanzanians at the expense of Malawian transporters. As for MRA the nation knows its an organisation used to fight the opposition. ADL is led by a known… Read more »

Mukuna
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Mukuna

Good judges are siding with the people using the law

Popi
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Popi

We will make sure Ansah resigns @ whatever cost!

Chukambiri
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Chukambiri

She can not resign because you voted for a losing candidate

Hatton
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Hatton

Kumeneko ndiye kubwera a high court. Congratulations for having the interest of Malawians at heart.

FOOLISH ANSWERS ARE ANSWERS 2
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ARE WE GOING TO DIE IN THE DESERT ? GOD FORBID ! WE ARE HEADING TO THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY —-WE SHALL OVERCOME —-JERICHO WALLS ARE FALLING !!

Joloza
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Amen!!

Naluso
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Naluso

Please what is the name of the judge, I am sure kuti ndimlomwe

Charie
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Charie

Kkkkkk akuba ayaluka nanga mtambo akut bwanji ndi mbava zawoo shame on mtambo and utm and mcp

Malawi
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Malawi

I disagree with that. Demos should go ahead. DPP thieves are plundering Tax payers money. DPP must fall.