Law professors say 10 member worship Covid-19 rule still in force

Two renowned law professors say the  gazetted rule which prohibits the congregation of more than 10 for worship is still in force despite the government announcement  that it has been reviewed.

Kamchedzera : People have to wait for the written law

University of Malawi law lecturers at Chancellor College, Garton Kamchezera and Edge Kanyongolo say the government has no powers to amend a law through a new conference.

“People have to wait for the written law, the amended law which will allow the assembly of 100 people in a church,” he said.

He said it is illegal, as of now, for mosques or churches to have more than 10 people.

“Churches or mosques will have to wait until the law is amended and gazetted,” he said.

Kanyongolo said Malawi is Constitutional state therefore laws cannot be amended by word of mouth at a news conference.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Thursday said after a meeting with religious leaders, they decided to revert to limiting public gatherings to 100 people.

On Wednesday, several church groups, including the CCAP General Assembly, Pastors Task Force on Covid-19 and the Prophetic Ministries Association of Malawi announced that they had rejected government’s decision to restrict religious gatherings to 10 people.

Meanwhile, infectious disease specialist Dr Titus Divala said both parties need to seriously think about the effects of their actions.

He said: “The implementational trigger and pathway for the gazetted text does not seem to be guided by a critical scientific direction that has been shared, leaving the population in the dark and failing to connect with what  exactly government wants to achieve and by what date.

“On the planned violations of the gazette, I would say it is extremely unfortunate. The regulations are there to save lives. Shouldn’t standing in their way be interpreted as murder? Is the religious community willing to be associated with that?”

Among the gazetted rules, individuals are supposed to wear masks in all public areas or risk a K10 000 fine while funeral gatherings are limited to 50, failing which defaulters will be liable to a K100 000  fine and three months imprisonment.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 4 912 cases, including 153 deaths. Of these cases, 1 071 are imported infections and 3 841 are locally transmitted.

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James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago

The gazetted law will be ungazetted so there is no need to worry. The task forced had to say it before that is done, so don’t read much into this. The law was not written on a tablet of stone. Even those which were written on a tablet of stone were broken, God had to write them again, ndiye munthu?

James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago

The law is useless when it can not be enforced. Although the law is valid as learned professors want us believe but it will not be enforced therefore useless.

Noxy
9 months ago

So Malawi is lost

Joseph Mwakibinga
Joseph Mwakibinga
10 months ago

Earlier in one of my humble contributions I pointed out that it is wrong, unheard of and unprofessional for someone to willy-nilly alter or add legislation from the political podium or an office. I said this following a directive issued by Dr. Chakwera this other day. Days when laws were issued/changed by politicians are since gone, never to come back again in the history of Malawi. That was then when Malawi Congress Party was forced on us hence their unlawful handling of government matters. Possibly Chakwera needs to be reminded that we are in a multi-party dispensation. Dr Silungwe should… Read more »

CULTURE
CULTURE
10 months ago

Leave Chakwela alone, he has never run a government, has no experience and chooses to work with people without experience. Very funny for our country!!!! Now Malawians are coming to their senses. Excitement to change regime is over and now we can see the real Chakwela. He can not even talk any of the promises he used to sing during campaign period. ANENELI ONYENGA!!!

Gunde
Gunde
10 months ago

Clueless Chakwera – so immature and incompetent. Tinalakwa chiyani a Malawi.

jade
jade
10 months ago

Kkklkk abale this is a circus. Za Pewani zenizeni.

Mtopwa 1
Mtopwa 1
10 months ago

Azibusa achitsiru basi

TCHAN TCHAN
TCHAN TCHAN
10 months ago

Imwe namwe a Kanyongolo. Mwavimanya sono vinthu ivi

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