Court maintains HRDC injunction

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By Christy Gomani

The fate of the government’s imposed coronavirus lockdown awaits a decision by the Constitutional Court.

On Tuesday the High Court in Lilongwe sustained the injunction sought by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) stopping the government from implementing the lockdown.

The grouping’s lawyer Khwima Mchizi has told Capital FM that the matter has been reffered to the Constitutional Court.

“The matters that were contained in the application are the ones that have been referred to the Chief Justice because according to the court we raised constitutional questions,’’ Mchizi explains.

The HRDC sought an injunction which was granted by the High Court in Lilongwe.

The injunction blocked the government from imposing a 21-day lockdown with the aim of preventing further spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Among the restrictions that the government aimed at imposing was to limit travel through the restriction on movement and also shutting crowded markets.

The HRDC however argued that the measures to be set up would negatively affect poor Malawians who would require cushioning measures since their sources of income would be lost during the lockdown.



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