Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe has advised the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to reverse its decision to implement public health coronavirus containment, prevention and management rules as the matter is still in court.
Chikosa Silungwe while in opposition supported the injunction and now, he finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to fight it in court.
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani then said government is ‘dismayed’ by High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda’s decision to issue a court order blocking coronavirus nationwide lockdown.
Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda granted seven-day injunction stopping the government from implementing a 21-day national lockdown due to coronavirus.
However, that injunction has remained in place as AG Kaphale a man of honor refused to fight the corrupt Malawi judiciary that was willing to sacrifice Malawian lives for political expediency.
Kenyatta, therefore, extended the validity of the injunction he granted the HRDC to stop government from effecting a national lockdown.
“I cannot agree more with the Claimants. I am satisfied that the balance of justice lies in favour of maintaining the status quo. In this regard, the validity of the Court Orders granted herein on 17th March 2020 and 24th April 2020 respectively shall continue until the determination of the substantive judicial review proceedings or until a further order of this Court,” he said.
The court also expressed concerns over the conduct of the Attorney General Chambers in handling the proceedings, an issue which was also raised by Counsel Mwafulirwa during inter-partes hearing on 23rd April where the Attorney General was not in attendance.
Now here we are. cases continue to increase and deaths mount and now Silungwe stressed that enforcement of the rules was suspended by the High Court in case number 22 of 2020.
He said: “This means that the suspension imposed by the court is still in force. Government cannot, therefore, enforce or implement the rules until the suspension is lifted.
” In view of the foregoing, you are adviced to reverse your decision to implement the rules by way of Press Release since the matter is still in court.”
The Attorney General has since given an assurance that his office is handling the matter with utmost urgency it deserves considering the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
On July 10, 2020, the Taskforce through Co-Chairperson John Phuka issued new restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic following continued rise of cases in the country.
Among others, the taskforce announced the suspension of entertainment gatherings, weddings and other social gatherings and imposed restrictions on religious and funeral gatherings.
These are the same restrictions the DPP Government was asking when things could have easily been controlled.
However, this is just a formality, the corrupt judge Kenyatta Nyirenda will now find a way to lift the politically motivated injunction and allow Lazarus Chakwera’s government play the hero.