High Court dismisses bid to stop private not-for profit COVID-19 isolation centre
"Even if there was a threat to the environmental rights of the applicant as an individual, this is a case for the application of the principle Salus Populi Suprema Lex which is the foundation of every modem constitution, including the Constitution of Zimbabwe which is the supreme law [Constitution of Zimbabwe, section 2]. ... The maxim "Salus Populi Suprema Lex"· translates to: "The health (or welfare, good, salvation, felicity) of the people is the supreme law''; or "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme (or highest) law ... The environmental rights of the applicant ... must be subordinate to the public interest which can be served by refurbishing the Medical Centre in question in order to establish an isolation centre which would facilitate the treatment of affected patients without endangering the puhlic at large. The welfare of the people must therefore prevail over the individual interests of the applicant."
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