By Malawi Freedom Network
Boarder, Airport Shutdown Halted As Court Grants MRA Restraining Injunction
The 5-day boarder and airport shutdown vigils, which the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) had planned to start from Monday, August 26 will not take place following the High Court Injunction the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has obtained on Friday.
Key fact in the injunction indicates that the court is convinced that the vigils will disturb MRA operations and in so doing, negatively affect the economy of the country.
In response to the restraining injunction, HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo said, his organisation which fights for fundamental rights of Malawians respect court’s decisions and the rule of law.
He said the organisation’s leadership will appeal against the injunction ruling at the Upper Court.
About the future of the demonstrations, Mtambo said HRDC has instead organised nationwide street demonstrations in the country’s cities, towns and selected districts.
According to Mtambo, the planned demos that will last for 3 days will start from next week Wednesday, August 28 until Friday, August 30.
The HRDC leader has stressed that the idea to conduct vigils at boarder posts and airports is still live as the organisation seeks legal intervention of the Supreme Court of Appeal.