Court reserves ruling on lockdown

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The High Court in Lilongwe is by Wednesday next week expected to give its ruling on an interlocutory injunction sought against the government’s imposed 21 day COVID-19 lockdown.

The matter was heard in court on Friday morning where lawyer for the applicants, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) argued that it would be just to maintain the injunction stating that a lockdown would be an infringement on several rights and freedoms of Malawians.

Sullivan Kagundu further contended that the Minister of Health Jappie Mhango does not hold the power to order a lockdown.

Since the Attorney General who is the adviser of the state was absent, the applicants also maintain that all costs for Friday's hearing should be covered by the government.

 

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