S v President of Malawi and Others; Ex Parte: Kathumba and Others (Judicial Review Cause No. 22 of 2020) [2020] MWHC 7 (17 April 2020);

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REPUBLIC OF MALAWI
IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAWI LILONGWE DISTRICT REGISTRY
JUDICIAL REVIEW CAUSE NO. 22 OF 2020
(Before Honourable Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda)

THE STATE

AND

PRESIDENT OF MALAWI 1st RESPONDENT

MINISTER OF THE MALAWI GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTH                         2nd RESPONDENT

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE MALAWI POLICE SERVICE                                                3RD RESPONDENT

COMMANDER OF THE MALAWI DEFENCE FORCE                                                             4th RESPONDENT

ATTORNEY GENERAL                                                                                                             5th RESPONDENT

 

EX-PARTE:

ESTHER CECILIA KATHUMBA                                                                                            1st APPLICANT

MONICA CHANG’ANAMUNO                                                                                               2ND APPLICANT

Hl MAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS COALITION                                                                        3rd APPLICANT

CHURCH AND SOCIETY PROGRAMME OF THE LIV1NGSTONIA SYNOD OF THE CHURCH OF CENTRAL AFRICA PRESBYTERIAN                                 4th APPLICANT

 

ORDER GRANTING PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW

AND INTERLOCUTORY ORDER OF INJUNCTION

(Made on 17* day of April 2020 by Honourable Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda in Chambers)

Penal Notice

If you disobey this Order, yourselves or your officers, employees, agents may be found guilty of Contempt of Court and may be sent to prison or fined or your assets may be seized.

The Order

UPON READING the Sworn Statements in support of the applications for permission to apply for judicial review and for an interlocutory order of injunction made by ESTHER KATHUMBA, MONICA CHANG’ANAMUNO, KEZZIE MSUKWA, GIFT TRAPENCE and MOSES MKANDAWIRE;

 

AND UPON HEARING Counsel on behalf of the above-named Applicants for Permission to apply for Judicial Review and for an interlocutory order of injunction in respect of the 1st Respondent's promulgation of Public Health (Corona Virus Prevention, Containment and Management) Rules,  2020 and the decision to declare and enforce a lockdown made by the Respondents;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DIRECTED by the Court:

  1. THAT the application for permission to apply for Judicial Review be granted as prayed for;
  2. THAT the application for Judicial Review be made to a Judge in open Court and that the application shall be heard promptly;
  3. THAT an interlocutory order of injunction is hereby granted restraining the Respondents, either through themselves or through their servants, agents, subordinates, employees or whomsoever on the Respondents’ behalf, from effecting and or otherwise enforcing the lockdown declared by the 2nd Respondent; and
  4. THAT the said interlocutory order of injunction shall be valid for 7 days until the 24th day of April 2020 at 9 O’clock in the forenoon when the matter shall come for inter-partes hearing.

DATED the 17th  day of April 2020.