Lockdown injuction still active until next week

Malawi has up until Wednesday next week to learn if injuction on lockdown will be upheld. Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda  is expected to make a ruling next week Wednesday  April 29 2020 after hearing the application by  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on Friday as the Attorney General  formally expressed its intention not to contest or vacate the injunction.

This means the   injunction on lockdown which HRDC obtained  to gether with  Church and Society Programme of CCAP Livingstonia Synod, legislator Kezzie Msukwa, will remain active until when Judge Nyirenda is expected to make a ruling on the application by claimants.

Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda

On Friday, Judge Nyirenda heard arguments from the claimants who among others want the state to bear the costs of the case as well as condemn Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale on his approach to the case.

The Attorney General withdrew the challenge on the case at the 11th hour, saying  said government already performed its duty by announcing the lockdown.

“We believe all the information needed to make the right decision is in the public domain. The virus is not out there playing games,” said Kaphale.

The government wants a three-weeks strict lockdown measures to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Citizens are now asked, not ordered, to act in ways to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Most people in Malawi found the lockdown outlook more terrifying than the disease, though they acknowledged that Covid-19 is a serious challenge.

HRDC  chairperson Gift Trapence  has  faulted government planning a lockdown without properly considering the impacts on the poor.