No coronavirus lockdown in Malawi as court maintains injunction

The High Court has prolonged an order barring the government from implementing a 21-day lockdown applied by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) despite a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

Life as normal in Blantyre : The court blocked the stay-at-home order.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

In his determination, Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has ruled that the injunction against the lockdown be maintained until government had put the necessary socio-economic protection measures in place.

Malawi Law Society  said there were some legal irregularities in the implementation of some Covid-19 measures.

Malawi’s confirmed coronavirus cases are hovering at 36, including three deaths.

HRDC argued that government had not prepared an adequate safety net to protect the poor.

The injunction was obtained on the back of opposition fears that government  is going to use the pandemic to delay the court ordered fresh presidential elections, and keep incumbent Peter Mutharika in power.

Already, controversial Malawi Electoral Commission chair Jane Ansah — widely viewed as a Mutharika surrogate — applied to have the election postponed. The courts rejected this application.

Supreme Court of Appeal is set to rule on the appeal by electoral body and Mutharika against Constitutional Court order for fresh elections.

A five-judge panel of the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court on February 3 2020 nullified the May 21 presidential election, citing irregularities, especially in the results management system.

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BENEFICIARY OF KOTA SYSTEM
BENEFICIARY OF KOTA SYSTEM
9 months ago

WELL DONE NYIRENDA!!!

Dealing with Corona virus is a marathon and not a sprint.
Big names like United States, UK ,South Africa to mention but afew were under lockdown and nothing or very little has been achieved and now they are reopening the businesses.
Chalo chakuti even the president wakwenda pathaku mwazi, how do you expect to survive the lockdown period?

Use brains, copy and paste has got it’s own problems also.

Factful
Factful
9 months ago

Don’t be stupid. Lockdowns in the UK, South Africa and even USA have dramatically reduced the rate of the spread of infection. The equation in Malawi is how many people will die from covid19 with no lockdown v’s how many people will die from starvation with lockdown. The current covid deaths in the UK and USA are linked to infections that happened prior to lock down and social distancing. Understand the science and facts. Don’t make stupid statements – it will cost lives.

Mthetwa
9 months ago

Paja vima vendor waku mwera nzeru mulibe mumangopanga oppose zina zili zonse nkhani ili apa ndi loud and clear sikuti ndi ya Nyirenda ndi atumbuka mbuzi za anthu inu asa kuzolowera kuikira zopusa kumbuyo zili zlnse

Mapopa
Mapopa
9 months ago
Reply to  Mthetwa

Kweni Nyirenda ntchindere nadi

TooLegitToQuit
TooLegitToQuit
9 months ago
Reply to  Mapopa

No, he is not. I think as a country we should be glad that we have judges like Kenyatta Nyirenda. His judgements have demonstrated that the law is supreme. He doesn’t take sides just for the sake. All the haters out there go and read his judgements in their entirety then you will appreciate legal expertise. His arguments are on the basis of the law and not on tribal, party, religious affiliations. He is that good. Mpaka Kaphale kuyithawa game.

SAYI
SAYI
9 months ago

What i believe is,Being a leader its not all about one’s effort or cleverness. Utsogoleri umachokera kwa Mulungu,no matter kuti mtsogoleriyo ndi otani, zimangotengera kuti inuyo Otsogoleledwa inu mwaima bwanji pamaso pa Mulungu,so these Opposition parties will try all their best they can,but its just an empty tin they are playing with.Malawians let us all with the same love for our country MW tikavotenso basi. But nkhawa yanga ndiyakuti who is going to accept the defeat after all? and what are the Party Leaders doing to make sure that the results from this up coming election will be fair and… Read more »

Gabor
Gabor
9 months ago

You will go on lockdown soon don’t worry the tumbuka judge you are mentioning here and concerned citizens including the hrdc and the church leaders are working together with the government of DPP to make sure that no one dies of hunger neither corona. This is why the president has announced K35.000 kugawila anthu ovutikitsitsa for three months respectively. There’s is money there in Malawi rich countries have donated to Malawi people because of the covid19 pandemic therefore needs to be shared by the same people Malawians. Awa mudzati akulakwitsa but they know what they are saying. Only greedy government… Read more »

Farouk Imtiyaz
Farouk Imtiyaz
9 months ago

Why has Malawi NOT started Flights to Malawi neither has Govt of Malawi or Malawi Aviation Authority has put Any Notification to IATA or Even Airlines Agetns also does NOT have any information on when the Flights will resume to Malawi

What kind of Pathetic System and Rubbish Govt Administration we have got in Malawi

Cairo
Cairo
9 months ago
Reply to  Farouk Imtiyaz

Iwe Farouk, where do you want to go with this pandemic? Dont you see that almost all countries have suspended so far all international flights and all those travelling, if at all there is any movement, they are returning residents. You want to go out and bring covid-19 to Malawi? Nonsense. Osangoyenda pansi bwanji upite kumene ukufunako? Palibe wakugwira, go to Dar or Beira and get a ship there, may be zikuyenda upite wherever you want to go, iyaaaa! Governments are busy fighting the virus ndiye iwe uzikamba zoyenda!! Ba dikira, uyenda after 6 months.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
9 months ago
Reply to  Farouk Imtiyaz

Rubbish, are you a Malawian? You want to go out and bring corona here or you have already caught it? You are going nowhere, will die and be buried here ukhaule kukonda kwaeni. Your relatives will not even be allowed to come here to see you off. Unya uwona, ndiwe galu kwabasi.

Shonai
9 months ago

Burocrasy with Matenda? Do these judges have a mechanisms to check physically what’s happening on the ground or depends and believe on the fake fake news which have mashroomed the country??????????????

Bauleni
9 months ago

Muntharika is doing his part. If the worst comes, actually,When the worst Is here we know whose to blame, Covid Nyirenda, Mtambo, Hrdc, Livingstonia Tumbuka synod party, Mcp, Utm. Everyone is seeing Muntharika fighting for his people. We also see the naive disrupters.

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

The Judiciary’s image is distorted rt now coz of imfamous cooked up twisted Judgements. Learned Men and women in wigs need to do quiet alot to clean up their image. The Public expect clean fair judgements.

Banda
9 months ago

The judiciary has lost all credibility

Rute
9 months ago

Tumbuka judges showing this shallow they are.

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