Chakwera finishes testimony, withdraws 2 keys witnesses in Malawi elections case

The historic elections petition case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera  on Monday completed his testimony on disputed presidential elections which he argues were marked by serious irregularities.

Chakwera, the second petitioner in the historic elections case, is asking the court to nullify the May 21 2019 presidential election and order a re-run.

After being cross-examined by first respondents  President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) lawyers, Chakwera, who is a second petitioner,  was re-examined by his lead lawyer Modecai Msisha SC,  during which he insisted the  presidential election results were altered, mostly using correction fluid Tippex, saying as international accounting standards that could not accepted.

He was also asked why he had taken an oath for parliamentary seat when he is challenging Mutharika on presidential results, Chakwera said he did not challenge parliamentary elections and did not see any legal pitfalls on his taking up his seat.

Chakwera has since withdrawn two of its key witnesses in the case.

MCP is not maintaining Enock Chizuzu and George Nkhoma,  who were their principal witnesses, subsequently reducing the strength of their case to the ground.

Chakwera has also withdrawn some of his statements that were included in his sworn statement .

He has also withdrawn allegations claiming  that the voter registration exercise was marred with irregularities by saying that there was no enough time for registration.

According to his sworn statement, the MCP president complained that registration for mosquito nets and fertiliser confused voters and divided their attention.

During the previous cross examination by Attoney General Kalekeni Kaphale, Chakwera told the court that tipexed and duplicate forms that were also used in his own constituency where he won as an MP did not in anyway affect the result.

MCP is now only complaining about the result and not activities on the polling day as they alleged earlier and that  claims that there were pre-polling irregularities will be removed in his sworn statement .

The first petitioner in the case,  immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima,  also withdrew  38 witnesses  but one of lawyers representing Chilima, Chikosa Silungwe, said their case was premised on two pillars; irregularities and fraud.

 

He said having assessed their case, they were convinced that they have proved that correction fluid Tippex was used, fake documents and duplicates were used and presiding officers, in some instances, did not sign result sheets and log books, which was contrary to the law.

The petitioners contend that Mutharika “won a fraudulent May 21 2019 Presidential Election” fraught with irregularities, including alleged tampering with election results sheets with Tippex and want the court to nullify the results and order a re-run.

Meanwhile, the court has ordered that all other witness should be cross-examnied no more than  two hours order to ensure that the case is concluded in time.

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Phangela
Phangela
2 years ago

Opposition cadets have been dead silent since the elections case started but so vocal on demonstrations and Jane Ansah resignation, are they trying to say something? Eeeeeh anthu akumva kuwawa heavy awa, eish!

Philosopher
Philosopher
2 years ago
Reply to  Phangela

They have been trying to say something right from the word go and the nessage is clear! Zisankho zisanalengedwe kunamveka zokhetsa mwazi so…… The message has always been clear my brother

Joloza
2 years ago

Tipex was used in Chakwera’s constituency but didn’t affect the outcome of elections in his area but only in areas where he lost. A cockroach can think better than Chakwera. Shame!!

Chizo
Chizo
2 years ago
Reply to  Joloza

He already knows of his loss

Phangela
Phangela
2 years ago

Who told Chakwera that the tripartite elections have to conform to ‘accounting standards’?

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
2 years ago

Nyasatimes itself trying to reduce the value of the evidence provided by MCP, this appears when Chakwera firmly disclosed to the court during re-examination that some of his Monitors had Results Sheets with different Results from that which was declared by MEC.We haven’t seen Nyasatimes including that most important point in their news.Cadets everywhere!! 😂😂😂😂😂.

Noel chatula
Noel chatula
2 years ago
Reply to  Innoxy Charles

Sure.

Last Witness
Last Witness
2 years ago

Kaphale is asking a witness if he brought a witness? What kind of justice system is this? Judges don’t intervene.

Charie
Charie
2 years ago
Reply to  Last Witness

Anayamba wayankhukako zoona popanda mboni

Phangela
Phangela
2 years ago
Reply to  Last Witness

how does a lawyer’s question become ‘kind of justice system…”? Or you you don’t know the meaning of justice system?

Philosopher
Philosopher
2 years ago
Reply to  Last Witness

Possibly, he couldn’t see a witness in the witness kkkk

kachakwera
kachakwera
2 years ago

Which accounting standards are you applying you idiots don’t mention something which you don’t know.

olivier
olivier
2 years ago
Reply to  kachakwera

Hey do not insult the man of God, by God’s grace he might be your next president. Please have respect of your leaders despite whatever they do.

Chizo
Chizo
2 years ago
Reply to  olivier

He can never be a leader of the country.
May be a leader of the church,…

namatetule
2 years ago

Hey, slow down you judges. It is not a question of completing the case in time but establishing the truth. If this case is done huriedly, the chaos will not subside because every party will be disatisfied.

It is this type ofspeed that have seen innocent people being convicted. What are yu hurrying for – poti makobiri mukudya ambiri.

The real winners of this case are you judges – they have fattened your wallet – so make sure justice prevails.

FRED LOCKS
2 years ago

KOMA FRANK MBETA RU AREAL LAWYER KODI MESA MLANDU NDI WOKHUZA ZA PRESIDENT NDIYE BWANJI MUKUSAKANIZA ZITHU

Phangela
Phangela
2 years ago
Reply to  FRED LOCKS

You are just an idiot, not a lawyer. Leave this question to Mr. Chakwera and his lawyers to sort out. Otherwise that’s the duty of Chakwera’s lawyers and the judges to intervene where the question is relevant or not. Wapulika!?

Tan
Tan
2 years ago

will see what his other witnesses have to say but so far I believe Chilima and his team tried more than this man. Its sad that as a country, just being truthful, we are out of options when it comes to a presidential candidate. Quite frankly none of these people are impressive.

Blessings Ridson Kadzuwa
Blessings Ridson Kadzuwa
2 years ago
Reply to  Tan

Very true

ERUTU
ERUTU
2 years ago

let’s wait and see. medicines will be available in hospitals when? x-ray machines dead for decades in most district hospitals. poor malawi

Jose gama
Jose gama
2 years ago
Reply to  ERUTU

So you want Dpp as a party should buy that x-ray machine yet there is always funding aproved every month to every government department and ministry what are these funding for?

angela
angela
2 years ago
Reply to  ERUTU

The case is about presidential elections mbuzi iwe not medicines or medical equipment!!! Tachioneni…

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