The High Court in Blantyre on Tuesday ordered the Malawi Police Service (MPS) not no seize guns from MBL Holdings Limited subsidiary companies.
Earlier on Monday, Southern Region Police Headquarters summoned MBL Holdings managing director Leston Mulli and asked him to surrender all the licensed firearms his companies held.
This followed an incident in Mulanje where a man was shot dead in Mulanje Mountain near Chitakale Tea Plantations, one of the companies belonging to MBL Holdings, and remarks by President Joyce Banda at a rally on Sunday that something has to be done on the shooting incident.
But MBL Holdings Limited, through lawyer Chancy Gondwe, obtained an injunction stopping the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Southern Region Police commissioner and registrar of firearms from seizing the firearms.
In an interview yesterday, Gondwe said the injunction has been served on all concerned and judicial review proceedings on the matter would follow.
Attorney General (AG) Anthony Kamanga was not available when The Nation wanted to confirm service of the order and what his reaction could be.
Gondwe said the licensed guns are 13 in total and MBL Holdings applied for them after the July 20 2011 demonstrations against the administration of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Several companies belonging to MBL Holdings were attacked during the demonstrations apparently because of Mulli’s links with the then governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).