Court throws out CDEDI's mandatory vaccine case

Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda

High Court judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has dismissed a case in which Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) and a journalist Mundango Nyirenda applied for an injunction and judicial review against government's proposal to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for frontline workers.

Making his ruling, justice Nyirenda, agreed with the State, led by the Attorney General, Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda and faulted CDEDI and the journalist  for suing the wrong parties and failing to show sufficient interest in the matter.

The AG has argued that the Ministry of Health was an improper party to the case as there was no decision to that effect. He alluded to the fact that proceedings could commence on things that had happened and have caused a injury, emphasising CDEDI and the journalist had not suffered any injury, yet.

Chakaka Nyirenda also said there was nothing unconstitutional about vaccination saying the law only bars forced medical experiments or trial and that vaccination is not a medical experiment or trial.

The judge agreed with the State and has thus dismissed the case and ordered CDEDI and Mundango to foot the costs for wasting the court's time.

Nyirenda also said there is nothing unconstitutional about vaccination saying the constitution only bars forced medical experiments or trial saying that vaccination is not a medical experiment or trial.

The AG said they will move on to calculate the cost which will be passed on to the two parties.