Malawi Distilleries Limited (MDL), manufacturers of Premier Brandy, Malawi Gin, Powers No. 1 and Malawi Vodka, wants to ask the High Court to lift its own order that banned packaging of liquor in sachets.
Davis Njobvu, a lawyer for the company, was expected to appear before Justice McLean Kamwambe at the Blantyre Registry last week to make an application to have the court-enforced ban lifted.
He indicated that MDL wanted to consult government on the matter and the court adjourned the matter indefinitely.
A few days after the High Court turned down an application for judicial review by MDL in February, effectively allowing Malawi Bureau of Standards to ban packaging of liquor in sachets, government also followed with a statement, announcing the ban of liquor packed in sachets.
The High Court had, however, allowed a stay order on its own decision which MDL applied for, pending an appeal in the Supreme Court on the decision the High Court made.
But judge Kamwambe only gave MDL seven days to file the appeal in the Supreme Court.
However, before that appeal is heard, Malawi Distilleries still wants the stay order, which if allowed would mean the lifting of the order that banned packaging of liquor in sachets.
But assuming the order is lifted, MDL would still face the ban government issued, unless its lawyer seeks clear orders from the court against the decision by government and gets them.