Malawi Human Rights Defenders, Church & Society obtains injunction against lockdown

The Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and Church & Society of the Church of the Central African Presbyterian of Livingstonia Synod have obtained an injunction from High Court stopping the government from implementing lockdown as a last measure of fighting Coronavirus.

The High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has granted the coalition a seven day injunction to give room for an inter party hearing.

Confirming the development, the High Court registrar Agnes Patemba said it is indeed true that the court has granted an injunction but has set April 24 for its final ruling.

“It is indeed true the court has given a seven day injunction to Human Rights Defenders Coalition but has set April 24 for its final ruling,” said Patemba

Since April 16, there has been a series of demonstrations from vendors in the major markets across the country expressing fear and dissatisfaction over the decision to implement lockdown measures.

The vendors have said the government should just tighten security in the borders and airports among other measures unlike lockdown which could be hard on most Malawians living in poverty.

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