AG withdraws application to vacate injunction

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The Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has withdrawn an application he made seeking the vacation of an injunction against the 21-day lockdown.

Last Friday the courts granted Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) a seven-day injunction which in turn blocked the government from effecting the lockdwn.

Once implemented the lockdown restricted long distance travel and trade in major markets as a way of curbing further spread of the coronavirus.

The HRDC argued that the government had not given the citizenry was not well informed and also not given adequate time to prepare for the period.

Apart from that, the grouping also indicated that the government was inconsiderate as it had not put in place cushioning measures to ensure that the majority of Malawians who are poor do not suffer from the effects of the lockdown.

The citizenry is however in a state of panic once more as the injunction is expected to expire and there has been no word from the government on the matter and how the issues raised by the HRDC will be handled.

Malawi has since registered 33 cases of the coronavirus including three deaths.

With three now recovered, there are 27 active cases in the country.

 

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