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High Court rules in favour of garden owners

The High Court in Blantyre on Thursday ruled in favour of garden owners for the continuation of the order of injunction against the implementation of the Stop Notices by the Blantyre City Council until the case for judicial review has been heard between the parties and disposed of through determination by the court.

According to a press release from the garden owners, the rule by the court means that the functions such as weddings and engagements among others will continue to take place until such a time as the court will determine otherwise after the judicial review.

The matter started on April 30, 2015 when the Blantyre City Council announced through television and radio a ban on the holding of events in gardens in residential areas.

In reaction to the announcement a group of owners of the gardens petitioned the City Council on May 4, 2015, raising concerns about the abruptness of the order and other matters.

The group of the garden owners spearheading the discussions in the issue include Anniettie Chikwiri of Stevens Garden; Agness Chimaliro of Chimaliro Garden; Alice Joyah of Joyah Garden; Colonel Kelton Kaleke of Kaleke Garden; Ben Kautsire of Kautsire Garden; Malikebu of Miracle Garden and Rockea Kananji of Shamie’s Garden.

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