Malawi High Court Halts Coronavirus Lockdown, Malawi joined other southern African nations in announcing a three-week lockdown on Tuesday, Court backs appeal by rights group HRDC arguing that government did not take measures to cushion poor during the lockdown. A Malawi high court has temporarily prevented the government from placing a 21-day lockdown, Earlier announced. The Order was part of the Governments Precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
After a petition by a human rights group. Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda on Friday set aside the lockdown in response to a challenge by the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), which argued that more consultation was needed to prevent harm to the poorest and most vulnerable of society. Small-scale traders, often young people, had been staging protests in the three major cities against the planned lockdown, initially due to begin on Saturday, carrying placards declaring that it would be better to contract the virus than die of hunger because they are unable to work. Most of those protesting called on the government to provide Palliative if they want to implement the lockdown
The HDRC chairman, Gift Trapence, said the court had granted them temporary relief pending a judicial review in seven days.”Yes, we have been granted the injunction,” he told AFP news agency. “So, what it means is that there is no lockdown for the next seven days.”