Judge Kenyatta had a chance to save Malawi and didn’t

Let me start by saying that I am not political, and I do not support any political party. What happened to me is really painful.

Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda

I own a small shop selling various goods in Lilongwe City centre. I put all my life savings and got a small loan to supplement the money that I had to open the store.

Every month I stock up and make some profit from the little margins that I get from the various goods I sell.

These violent demonstrations have made it impossible to trade. Every time there are demos, the shops get looted. We close our businesses. I  as safe for a while when violent looters never came to our side.

Today they did.

When I saw the court challenge of Attorney General, I had a sigh of relief. I thought that finally, the judges would stop these demos. I felt that justice would finally be on the side of the victims of this violence. But it was not to be.

Instead of dealing with the arguments about the rights that keep getting violated, the judge ignored it. His words cut like a knife in my heart.

Passing his judgement, Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda said: “To my mind, this means that until a contrary decision is made in a substantive matter, this Court has to go by current legal position. In short, the status quo holds good.”

When will we wait for that “substantive matter”? What does the “current legal position” say about the protection of other people’s rights?

Who protects our rights to security and protection of property?  Our right to economic activity? These are my constitutional rights that the demonstrators trampled on. They are codified in the constitution!

Did the judge take the easy way out to dismiss the case because it is the government?

I do not support the government, and I do not support politics or political parties. I am just a simple Malawian running a small business to take my children to school and feed my family.

I watched all my life savings vanish right in front of my eyes. I do not even have money to go to courts to sue the violent demonstrators. Where do I even begin?

Where will I get the money for rent? Where will I get money to get new stock? Why Malawi, why?

Did God really give birth to me to suffer like this? To have heartless men come and destroy the little that I have. Evil, cruel men destroyed the little that I had to put bread on the table, roof over the heads of my wife and children.

Life is so painful, and the pain cuts so deep into my heart and soul.

I had some glimmer of hope that Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda was going to save us from these evil hooligans, and he didn’t.

All I am left with is hopelessness and pain.

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Peloma Pepe
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Peloma Pepe

Too emotional article. Did Judge Nyirenda trample on the law? Nope! Who should save Malawi? APM and JA or Judge Nyirenda? You should direct your grievances to APM and JA. APM is watching the situation getting out of hand and, as usual, he thinks things will sort themselves out — remember the Academic Freedom? JA has so much ego that she can let the country perish under her gaze when she holds the key to resolving this misery. I hear your cry loud and clear and I pity you, but it’s not Judge Nyirenda who has the solution, the solution… Read more »

CheMussa
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CheMussa

Mr Paul Chamdimba Nkhoma, Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda only did his job. He is not employed as a judge to factor emotional or political considerations when he makes his decisions. His duty is to apply the law and he did not fail in that respect. He is not employed to save Malawi. The current crisis is political and not legal. The blame should go where it belongs. It is the political leadership of the country that has failed to resolve the current impasse. Instead of demonstrating leadership and working towards finding a solution to the crisis, there is deafening silence from… Read more »

Martin
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Martin

The pain you felt or feeling right now if you really mean what you’ve expressed here then i’m sorry that it has come to this point but it’s what many Malawians have been going through for decades because of heartlessness of politicians. And i hope…. i said hope, that you are not a dpp cadet in a sheepskin trying to buy sympathy that your masters don’t even try to feel for ordinary Malawians.

Mhesha
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That’s how it works when the interpretation of the constitution by the court judges becomes devoid of human face.

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

Jane Ansah had the chance to save Malawi, but she didn’t. How about that?

Tippexed Judges
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Tippexed Judges

Soo sorry bro, GOD WILL AVENGE FOR YOU!!!

INYA MAVI NDIKULEKI
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DEAR PEOPLE DON’T FORGET THAT IT WAS KENYATA WHO ALLOWED THESE DPP IDIOTS TO RULE THE LAST TIME —-THIS TIME TIPPEX DPP IS FALLING APART —-ONLY SATANISTS CAN SUPPORT IT — ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!

Zima Langson
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Zima Langson

Fu**ck boy””” don’t try to be selfish or full of your self man,,, be wise all da time of your life “” ” think about other people not about your self.

NDIWE GALU KWABASI
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NDIWE GALU KWABASI

Peter Mutharika has that chance every minute of every day. Tell him that everything is now in his hands and should stop overdelegating things. Stop blaming Judge Kenyatta on this one asa.

Jane Ansa has the same chance that APM has also. A better chance than that of Judge Kenyatta even

Pinto
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Pinto

It is unfortunate that Malawi Police fail their duty to protect property and lives of citizens. I encourage you to sue the police.