Malawi musicians obtain court order against  government over Covid-19 measurers

A group of musicians in Lilongwe has obtained a court order halting enforcement of a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people to curb the resurgence of coronavirus (Covid-19) as they argue the restriction on public gatherings unfairly affects scheduled festive season concerts.

Lucius Banda and Lulu: The shows must go on

The temporary relief follows an announcement by Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 after a jump in confirmed cases of the virus.

The  musicians, who include Lulu, Kell Kay, Dan Lu, Skeffa Chimoto and Great Angels, hired lawyer Innocent Kubwalo to obtain the injunction.

Kubwalo said  some of  his clients had already hired international musicians to perform during their planned concerts.

The lawyer said the injunction means all social gatherings lined up across the country can proceed.

Announcing the measures Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said the aim was to curb cases of the disease, which have risen by 75% over the past two weeks.

But lawyer Kubwalo said by announcing the restrictions, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID -19 flouted procedures, saying before any  subsidiary legislation is made,  “it must be laid before parliament, which has not been done.”

Kubwalo said: “And in our opinion, the powers to make such rules in this particular case, they lie in the minister, not the committee. So the committee doesn’t have those powers in our opinion.”

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako, who is the spokesperson for  the government, said the Tonse alliance administration will obey the court order.

The High Court in Lilongwe has set December 31 for hearing on the matter and also to decide whether the injunction should be extended or not.

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jocker
20 days ago

Matenda awa ndi ochita kupanga nde wina asaoneke wa nzeru chifukwa mukamamva depopulation njira imodzi mwa izo ndi imenei ya COVID 19 ndipo after this another pandemic will come and the end result of these so called pandemic will make SUNDAY WORSHIP by force.

Atokwene
Atokwene
20 days ago

Thanks to the musicians association for the injunction taken against the harsh decision made by the Presidential Task Force on covid -19. They need to follow the law in whatever decision they want to make which has an impact on lives of Malawians. Let the restrictions be applied to Lazaro who is here today and there tomorrow as “Siki transport “ attracting more than 100 bootlickers and handclappers inn the likes of Gospel Kazako. We shall continue gathering in church services and wedding ceremonies in our huge numbers.

Alice
20 days ago

John uvuli gate for us. John uvuli a maborders for malawians

Alice
20 days ago

After your closing borders and lockdown, Africans will die not from Corona but from Hunger. Wake up Africa, these western or China ideas of lockdown will make Africa more poorer. Learn from Tanzania, prayer is protecting them. Don’t listen to China ideas, move on with your lives. Keep on praying. People from the village are not dying from Corona like town mongers. Come on, just have your own linen when you sleep in a hotel or restohouse or sanitize beddings before you sleep in because you never know if those linens are changes or washed on a daily basis. Look… Read more »

HAPPY
HAPPY
21 days ago

AND OUR CROSS OVERS MUST GONE ON SOME OF THESE GUYS IN THE TASK FORCE ARE QUESTIONABLE .
CORONA (FLU) HAS BEEN THERE ALL ALONG
THE PROBLEM IS ITS BEING PUBLICISED OVERBOARD AND IN UN WARRANTEED PROPORTIONS JUST TO REACH THEIR VACCINATION APETITE AND ALSO TO MAKE MONEY,
CORONER VACCINATIONS TOO WELL FUNDED AND SO GREEDY BUSINESSMEN WE KNOW WHO LOVE MONEY ARE IN RHE TASK FORCE
I PRAY THAT THEY FALL INTO THEIR CONSPIRANCY AND FALL VICTIM EN MASS THEMSELVES AND LET THE INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE LIFE

John Gray Gufa
John Gray Gufa
21 days ago

Good show, ine Ku ma stand phee!

Vin
Vin
21 days ago

Great Angels mpakana? Oyimbira Mulungu mpakana kugwirizana ndi oyimba za dziko kupita ku khoti? Ambuye akuyendeleni ndithu.

Prophet
Prophet
21 days ago

Imagine if the country had a disaster like floods or even a cyclone. Would they get a court order against the government? The solution here is for the organisers to get insurance for the event which can cover them for loss of earnings or any refunds even damage to equipment.These things are there but Malawians we are so laid back. You can get insurance for anything.

Mpakateni
21 days ago
Reply to  Prophet

Are you blaming musicians for the action they have taken against Tonse? Did you blame HRDC when they did the same with DPP government? Would it not be wise to avoid mistakes that their predecessors were making so that they look different? Tonse should not assume that the fcat they won the elections, everybody is behind them. There are still so many people who don’t agree with their style of giverning this country. So to avoid embarrassment, they should try to do things right. The admission by gospe Kazako that Government will obey the court order simply shows that there… Read more »

Papa
Papa
21 days ago
Reply to  Prophet

Lour insurance companies in Malawi don’t cover anything. If they can’t cover effects of strikes and other act God

Thakolamulala Lanunkha
Reply to  Prophet

mbuli za anthu, Uneducated bastards, that why their music can’t even reach the international standard, stupid fools

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
20 days ago

The uneducated have a honest days living to make,while the educated ones were behind the 26 years of heist.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
21 days ago

Very good. Corona come.

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
21 days ago

Kuzisaka kumeneko. But covid will not say munali maluzi. This second wave is deadly and is causing havoc. Tiyeni tisamale kaye miyoyo ya anthu. Covid has no injuction. Ndi imfa basi

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