By Malawi Freedom Network
Supreme Court Of Appeal Bars HRDC From Organizing Demos
The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted an injunction restraining the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from organizing any demonstrations in the country, Registrar of the High Court, Agness Patemba has comfirmed.
The injunction, which the Attorney General (AG), Kalekeni Kaphale has obtained is valid for for a period of 14 days.
Among other details, the injunction advises Government and the HRDC to come together and discuss the manner in which future demonstrations will be conducted.
The advise of the two parties coming together has been given in view of the right to demonstrate as stipulated in Section 38 of the Constitution.
The HRDC had last Sunday obtained an injunction restraining the Minister of Information, Mark Botomani and Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi from pronouncing a ban of the demonstrations in the country as the two had announced during their joint presser in Lilongwe.
The HRDC was set to hold 3-day nationwide street demonstrations from Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
The decision to hold the street demos had come about after the High Court in Blantyre had granted an injunction to the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) stopping the HRDC from conducting vigils in the country’s boarders and airports to force the Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Justice Jane Ansah to resign from her position.