Chakwera further reduce witnesses in Malawi elections case

Hearing of a petition seeking nullification of presidential elections results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections resumes this Monday as second petitioner   Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera has further reduced his number of witnesses as he now remains with only four to testify from an initial list of 17.

Chakwera, who is second petitioner in the case, at the court

The four remaining witnesses are MCP secretary general Elsenhower Mkaka, legislator  Richard Chimwendo Banda, IT experts Peter Bendulo and Dausi Sulemani.

But in the witness box now is third witness Peter Lackson Chimangeni, who continues to face Frank Mbeta,  one of the lawyers of President Peter Mutharika who is the first respondent.

Before the case was adjourned a week ago, Lackson who strated out as the star witness was subjected to a cool but incisive barrage of probing questions by Mbeta.

Despite the witness having testified, in very over broad and woolly terms that his allegations of electoral irregularities were rooted in the Polling Station Procedure Manual, he was confronted with the manual and could not  pin point any provision on it that supported any of his assertions.

Lackson could not identify any provision that prohibited use of duplicate tally sheets to collate the national result and admitted that the manual was in fact published before MCP demanded the printing of duplicate marked forms and hence could not have been expected to cover or prohibit that issue.

On alterations on forms, the witness was heavily bombarded with questions starting from his own statement that there was nothing wrong with alterations.

He admitted that alterations whether by tippex  or pen were in order on condition they were signed for by monitors.

However on the point of witnessing alterations, Lackson was led through material and admitted that the polling station monitors were not accompanying the presiding officer when delivering results to the constituency tally centre and hence they could not have been expected to sign for alterations.

Still on this point, the witness noted from the polling station procedure manual that actually the tally sheets bearing the result forms were put in tamper proof envelopes at the polling stations and were delivered to the constituency tally centre by the presiding officer in the presence of security officers. Hence chances of the results being tampered with were minimal.

He also admitted that there were party monitors at the constituency tally centre who could have raised the alarm if any results sheets had been delivered in envelopes that had been tampered with.

Further  he admitted that constituency tally centre monitors were able to contact their polling station counterparts to cross check the  validity of the result sheet.

In relation to the role of auditors at the constituency tally centre, the witness  told the court that the auditors were not to correct any aggregation errors at all. They were just to notice them.

However, Lackosn all the while indicated he had not seen the terms of reference of the auditors at all.

The witness further surprised the court when he said that he had identified the anomalies on the forms, set his own audit queries and terms of reference and proceeded to conduct the audit himself though he is an  agronomist.

Earlier, Chimangeni also took questions during  cross-examination from  Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

In one of his sworn statements, Chimangeni indicated that the result sheets which were allegedly altered affected about 1.4 million votes out of approximately five million votes.

Results announced by MEC indicated that Mutharika won the election with 38.5 percent followed by Chakwera with 35 percent. UTM president Saulos Chilima, who contested in the presidential election while serving as the country’s vice-president, amassed 23 percent of the vote.

Chakwera and  UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, who is the first petitioner, are seeking nullification of the presidential election results over alleged irregularities.

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Richie
2 years ago

MCP and UTM want to make a select team ataluza final
Alibe manyazi?

Charie
Charie
2 years ago
Reply to  Richie

Kkkkkk zovetsa chisoni kuguba ulere

Mwana
Mwana
2 years ago

Turns out now that this Lackson Chimangeni now is admitting to almost everything advanced by Mbeta, the defense attorney. How strange is that? Especially when one considers Chimangeni was gung ho at the beginning of the case, and hoping to shine in Court and advance his personal resume? Lackson Chimangeni, now, may as well have to be considered as flipped to the defense side. MCP may as well consider him a hostile witness – no two ways about this in terms of evidence. And conspiracy theorists probably are wondering if he was actually planted into the case by DPP: because… Read more »

Kumzy kumzy
Kumzy kumzy
2 years ago

Following. Though I salute kenyani judges . it was simple Question. What does the electoral law say on procedures. If Mec followed then ok

Gugu
Gugu
2 years ago
Reply to  Kumzy kumzy

That’s not what happened you fool. The figures at the constituencies did not match with what was at the national tally centre. It was so obvious that’s why it took 2 weeks. IT WAS EVIDENCE BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 years ago

Manual book of MEC says there shall print results on original copies ndiye mungafunsenso kuti lamulo loletsa kugwiritsa ntchito duplicate lilipo? Chokhacho chongenena kuti zidzalembedwa pa original copy ndichiletso pachokha choletsa munthu aliyetse kulemba or kutumidza zachisankho pa duplicate.

Peter
Peter
2 years ago

Cadets are always stupid because they didn’t go to school they waiting handouts from Mark Botomani and Ben Phiri to feed them because of that 10k they turn themselve onto beggers! They what to say about this case the truth is no chance for Dpp on this case

HUU
HUU
2 years ago
Reply to  Peter

Koma wa youth anapitako ku school -Malawi Chewa Party

Mtete
Mtete
2 years ago

Don’t worry Noxy I will meet MCP’s cost because they are fighting for a good and noble cause. Those arguing against Chakwera must be people who have amassed wealth from nowhere. Question to ask is: should we continue with the status quo? Definitely not.

Kharupa
Kharupa
2 years ago
Reply to  Mtete

The issue is not whether we should continue with status quo or not – it will continue as long as the politicians practice divide and conquer. The issue we need to do soul searching on is: was the election rigged or the DPP won because of divide and conquer?

Charie
Charie
2 years ago

Ngati malamulo akugwira ntchito pliz mcp ndi utm komaso HRDC iwonelepo polekera pobwezeletsa katundu yemwe wawonongeka.

Justice Usiwa
Justice Usiwa
2 years ago

If the court adjournments mach with presidentia externall trips then????????????.Forget winning

Goliati
Goliati
2 years ago

Kumeneko kulemba kwa Cadet Wankulu Zawadi Chilungu

Chando
Chando
2 years ago

Guys, let’s continue with demos; the court’s decision can’t help you ( total loss of time ndindalama for nothing).

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