ConCourt warns against intimidating witnesses, lawyers in Malawi poll case

The Constitutional Court hearing the landmark presidential election case in Lilongwe has warned party supporters against intimidating court witnesses and lawyers involved in the case.

Daud Suleman: Raised security concern
Justice Potani: Has issued a stern warning

Lead judge Healey Potani sounded the warning at the start of the hearing of the case on Friday following a complaint from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera’s witness Daudi Suleman who told the judges in chambers on Thursday that some people were intimidating his family.

It is alleged some ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials were accusing Suleman’s family members of letting their son betray the Lhomwe tribe by testifying against President Peter Mutharika in the case.

Suleman comes from Phalombe.

“The law will deal with all the people involved in the malpractice,” said Potani.

Chakwera’s lead lawyer Modecai Msisha confirmed that the matter was discussed in the chamber and that the Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale assured the other parties that government will guarantee protection of witnesses.

He said: “The witness has indeed reported that some unidentified people approached his village  and delivered some threatening messages. It was on account of him being a witness in court… That is what we discussed.”

Msisha said the AG pledged to use the State machinery to investigate the claim.

Meanwhile, Justice Potani also  said there were reports that some people were intimidating lawyers within the corridors of the court, saying this could not be condoned.

President Mutharika’s first witness Ben Phiri told the court on Friday that failure by officers to fully understand some terminologies resulted in the staff filling inappropriate boxes.

Phiri also acknowledged the use of tippex, duplicates and altered result sheets in the May 21 polls.

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Thats Me
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Thats Me

My humble advince to MCP lawyers is that they should not listen to Mr Kaphale. If this man was for justice then Mr Diverson Makwete would have faced justice by now. Mr Kaphale is a silent supporter of violence perpertuated by the cadets and no wonder no single cadet has been taken to task to account for crimes committed despite having undisputed evidence of the crimes committed. The court should have taken a firm stand on intimidation of witnesses in th same way it took a firm stand against intimidation of MEC laywers. In any case witnesses are witnesses of… Read more »

joseph
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joseph

NKHANi ILI KUKHOTHI SIYAMITUNDU TASIYANI A MALAWI IZI ZIKUFIKITSANI KUTI TIYENI TIYAMBE MALAWI WA TSOPANO OTSUTSA CHONYASA KAYA AKUCHITA NDI WA MTUNDU WAKO CHONYASA NDI CHONYASA BWANJI TRIBALISM.MCP PANO UKUCHITA EMBRANCE ALIYENSE.CHENJERANI NAYO IRI KUMPOTO KUMWERAKO NDI PAKATI TSOPANO.OSATSOGOZA ZA MITUNDU IYAI SULEMANI SI PHALOMBEA KOMA MMALAWI POYAMBA NDIYE NDIZOMWE AKUCHITA.MCP SIDZALIMBANA NDI MTUNDU WA ANTHU AYI.MCHIFUKWA SULEMANI WA KUPHALOMBE ALI MOMMO.NDIYE ZABWINO NGATI INU MUKUTI MUDZIKHALA NOKHANOKHA MUCHIPANI CHANU NDIYE MUUPONDA KUTSOGOLOKU.

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

Malawi truly democratic.

Suleman`s brother - Amihavani Clan
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Suleman`s brother - Amihavani Clan

Proverbs 6:19. “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discomfort among brethren”. Suleman you should have known before that it is bad to sow discomfort among your brethren the Lhomwes. Whichever shall fall to your brothers and sisters the Lhomwes, shall also fall to you being the Lhomwe. However if it is true that you are being threatened with deaths, its sad but be assured that your brethren can not kill. Luke 17:3. “Watch yourselves, if your brother sins, rebuke him, if he repents forgive him”. Be quick to reconcile with your brothers.

Manfasanja
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Zamkutu

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Now that it is revealed that Suleman is a Phalombean, will MCP ultras still consider him a hero? I ask this knowing the favoritism, at the tribal, regional and even personal level deeply rooted in that Party. Now, apparently, Sulemani would be advised to claim he’s from Mchinji or Dowa or even Nchitsi for MCP to even pay him his ask: They might have not known his exact provenance. Actually, many at Phalombe and Migowi deny knowing the guy’s background and even family. This is Not to disparage him: they keep asking “Who’s this guy? If he was a distant… Read more »

Nyaphapi One
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I am following. With keen interest.

Mavuto
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Mavuto

Sulemani should have first reported the matter to police not to the constitional court.

Spectator
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Spectator

Mavuto, That is not true every sane person would report to court or Army for his threatened security issues knowing that reporting to police(cadets police) it’s like giving your opponent a gun to kill you when you know you are still strong and can defeat him. This guy Suleiman is intelligent. Bravo Daud

Gongoni Wakuda
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Gongoni Wakuda

which Police? There is no police in Malawi but dpp
cadets

Mabvuto
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Mabvuto

Which police my bro, Do we have neutral police in Malawi all police behaving like Cadets full of Blue colours, since when you heard police arresting people who are DPP thugs?

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