Judge Kenyatta a ‘Covidiot’, draw wraths of Malawi govt for lacking patriotism

Covidiot is a combination of two words, COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) and ‘idiot’. The Urban Dictionary has coined the term “covidiot” to describe those who go against public health advice amid the coronavirus outbreak and High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda’s decision to issue a court order that led to the release of four Chinese nationals who had been quarantined on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) last Tuesday has earned him that tag.

Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda accused of undermining Covid-19 efforts by Malawi government

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani has said in a statement that  government is ‘disturbed and dismayed’  by Nyirenda’s order which prevented the deportation of the four Chinese nationals, saying it shows lack of   patriotism.

The minister adds that by issuing the order, the judge had undermined local and global efforts to protect people’s lives from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease which has killed thousands globally.

Said Botomani: “At a time different players are taking active roles to prevent importation of Covid-19 into Malawi, it is disappointing that Judge Nyirenda is pulling in the opposite direction. The court order has potential to make Malawi a weak link in global efforts to fight Covid-19.”

He said he feared that the judge’s action may have already put millions of Malawians at potentially high risk of contracting the virus.

He added: “We find it unfortunate that of all players, it should be the Judiciary that chooses to put the lives of millions at a potential risk, especially at a time players in different sectors have complied with Government’s guidance in Covid-19 prevention.”

Botomani said government has encouraged the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services to apply for the vacation of the injunction for the sake of fighting Covid-19.

Justice Nyirenda granted the injunction without hearing from the director general of Immigration and Attorney General, as first and second respondents respectively, advising them that should they want to have the injunction varied or discharged, local lawyers for the Chinese nationals must be notified 48 hours beforehand.

The judge stated the injunction was valid up to March 26 2020, the same day an inter partes hearing will be held on the case

The order also forced the Department of Immigration to remove the four, Lin Xiaoxiao, Liu Zhigin, Wang Xia and Tian Hongze, from quarantine at KIA, effectively restraining the Immigration from sending back the four to China, warning that should the order be disobeyed, they [immigration officials] risked  being imprisoned or have their assets seized.

The four were released even before being tested for coronavirus and before the recommended 14-day quarantine period had elapsed.

Malawi is yet to record a case of the coronavirus but neighbors Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania have recorded cases.

On Friday, Presidenr Peter Mutharika decalred a State of Disaster and  imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals from highly affected countries such as Italy, China, Germany and United Kingdom.

To prevent the spread of the virus, Malawians are being encouraged to follow precautionary measures such as washing of hands frequently with soap and water; avoiding handshakes; maintaining social distance with people; and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.

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Chonzi Norman Gondwe
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Chonzi Norman Gondwe

Adzafa imfa yowawa

Sahara
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Sahara

I am sure someone like Dausi is behind this. No doubt.

Citizen Number 1
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Citizen Number 1

Kwaphulikanso ina deadly Hantavirus ku China komwekotu! Ndiye mukamangowalowetsa ma China chisawawa, muthetsa mtundu wa aMalawi ndi dyera lanulo!

Phokaboy
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Ichi chi Andrew Kenyata Nyirenda ntchindere nadi mwee

Zofu
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Zofu

Once the coronavirus is in Malawi Kenyatta will be responsible for it

Concerned citizen
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As a country, we have the best opportunity to ensure we manage the Corona pandemic professionally within our boarders.

Could I plead that as a country we elist expertise from China who are now have expertise in talking this pandemic.

I feel this would be an innovative and a great mark of leadership in our national fight against this pandemic, which if not we’ll handled could be a major threat to our economy and the citizenry at large.

Please ensure that no one has the power to overrule the control measures put in place to manage this very serious pandemic. NO ONE.

Chonzi Norman Gondwe
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Chonzi Norman Gondwe

Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda is the epitome of the stinking rot in the Malawi Judiciary system. He’s the most shamelessly corrupt judge in the history of Malawi. He stinks and he’s the devil incarnate!

Analyst
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Analyst

Because he is Nyirenda atumbuka onse including awa a civil society akhala chete. Tikukuonanitu. Koma akanakhala Msakambewa, Abillu kapena Nantchengwa bwenzi pano Andrew Nyirenda ataitanitsa disciplinary committee.

weo
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weo

you are correct

Heren
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Heren

Chindere chakufikapo ichi chi judge Kenyatta. Wakuwa ngati vindere vya Concourt.

No mercy
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No mercy

Our problem is Mthalika, corona is nothing to do with us

Nthiko
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Inunso ndiye achitsilutu. Koma coronavirus mukuyiziwa kapena mungolankhulira choncho chifukwa cha umbuli wanuwo. Zomwe kenyatta wachitta is bad for every Malawian including your miserable relatives.

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