Chilima disowns ultraviolet gadgets UTM monitors unlawfully used in Malawi elections

As hearing of the historic continues in the Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe, the former Vice President, Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima disowned the ultraviolet gadgets that some unscrupulous UTM Party monitors were unlawfully using during the monitoring of the May 21 elections.

Chilima with his lawyers during adjournment at Court

Lawyer Frank Mbeta representing first respondent President Peter Mutharika  on Friday showed Chilima pictures of some gadgets and asked  about use of unusual gadgets by UTM monitors who were arrested by police during the election period.

Chilima disowned the gadgets stating that he only knew about the torches and phones that he gave the party monitors.

When quizzed by Mbeta whether it was right for the police to arrest and question UTM monitors for being found in possession of the unknown gadgets, Chilima told the court that it was right for the police to arrest the monitors and that such an arrest did not amount to an anomaly in the elections.

But Dr Chikosa Silungwe , lawyer for Chilima, asked the Court to remove the question on gadgets, saying the picture circulated is not on court record  and Chilima has been ambushed with the pictures.

Silungwe said the use of suspicious gadgets was  introduced to justify the arrest of some UTM monitors during the elections.

Mbeta, however,  explained  that the question had  risen from claims by Chilima in his petition that some UTM monitors were arrested during elections without any reason.

The Court ruled that Chilima should answer the questions.

Mbeta also played three audio recordings of President Peter Mutharika’s speech after the election and also of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) CEO Sam Alfandika who told journalists that a polling officer was arrested in Mzimba for giving voters pre-marked ballot. The audio clips were submitted to court by Chilima as an exhibit to the court.

Mutharika’s lawyer however did not ask Chilima questions about the recordings and is expected to do so on Monday when the court will resume.

The five-judge panel of Healey Potani, Mike Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Ivy Kamanga has since adjourned the case to Monday, August 19 for continued cross-examination of Chilima.

The UTM leader is expected to face cross-examination of other lawyers representing Mutharika—Charles Mhango and Chancy Gondwe.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed, with costs, an appeal President Mutharika and MEC had filed to throw out the ongoing presidential election petition case.

The ruling paved the way for the Constitutional Court to continue hearing the case from Chilima and his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) counterpart, Lazarus Chakwera, who are disputing results of Mutharika’s re-election.

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Ntumbuka
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Ntumbuka

Arafat continues wih kupepera…kkkkkkkkk

Aboo Jamila
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Aboo Jamila

But on what ground will the judges nulify the elections. There is no proof of ligging as of now. The chilima guy has failed to point out anything apart from refusing to acknowledge one photocopied form.

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

When you shade off your inherent mediocrity you will appreciate sufficient reasons to NULLIFY fraudulent elections because there was massive RIGGING. But numbskulls intoxicated with stolen money can’t acknowledge reasons to NULIFY and evidence of LIGGING.

Mandado@147
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Yes there is no proof of ligging KKK but the evidence of rigging will be,…. the case is just in its preliminary tima pasi Jane is yet to come for cross-examination so is peter. And the Judges make the ruling of the whole case not the AG’s cross-examination!

Joloza
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Mr. Arafat was touting that he has massive evidence of rigging but he has produced non. He has not produced tangible evidence up-to-date except to agree that there was no fraud. He is an embarrassment shame!! What more should we expect from him. He has miserably failed to tick in court.

Political commentator
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Are you following the court proceedings sir? Did u hear about the fake ballot papers? Premarked ballot papers? Are u in USA sir?

Vivian
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It doesn’t need/ require a team of learned judges from London (US )(CANADA ) (Stainbrook) whatever to come and NULLIFY the elections results for Malawi —–OUR OWN TRUE SONS AND DAUGHTERS (MALAWIIAN JUDGES WILL POSSIBLY DO IT) LONG LIVE GUENUINE JUSTICE —-

Frank De Phiri
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Frank De Phiri

There is everything wrong with the constitution. How can someone lead the country when he has less than 50% of the votes. In other countries the winner must have 50% + 1 vote. That makes a majority. This is what is causing problems in the country. The majority did not vote for Muntharika. Can he lead then?

Objectivity
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Objectivity

Iweyo ukaona akadapeza 50% ndi ndani mwa atatuwa? Palibe.