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Area 18 water case resumes

SEEKING COMPENSATION—Area 18 residents

High Court Judge Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda has set August 27 2019 to continue with preliminary stages of the Area 18 water contamination case.

Lawyers Forum for Human Rights Executive Director, Chancy Mwalubunju, representing the complainants, said, when the parties meet, they are expected to strategise on how to proceed with the full trial.

“The case is still at a preliminary stage. The meeting is aimed at making an agreed programme on how the case will proceed with the full trial,” he said

The notice of hearing dated August 12 2019 says the conference was supposed to take place on August 7 but has been adjourned to August 27 2019.

The case involves 1,300 victims of the incident against Lilongwe City Council, Lilongwe Water Board and Malawi Housing Corporation.

The victims sued the three institutions in September 2017, demanding compensation of K4 million each for drinking sewer-contaminated water in July 2017.

The victims, through their lawyers, argued that the State failed in its obligations to promote, protect, respect and fulfil the enjoyment of human rights of the affected people in Area 18, including the right to health.

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