Kaphale refuses to be led into trap by Chilima lawyers in Concourt

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale said he will not be led into a trap by  lawyers of first petitioner Saulos Chilima to limit his cross-examination, telling the court that he wants to be on record  by mentioning each and every electoral form under dispute in the ongoing presidential election case.

Kaphale continues cross-examination of presidential candidate Saulos Chilima.

Marshal Chilenga, one of Chilima’s lawyers, objected to Kaphale’s line of questioning, saying he had noted the answers to the questions on duplicate tally sheets.

“There have been two to three  questions whose answers are the same. Can they not be treated as a bunch and have one question asked so that we do not delay?” said Chilenga on Tuesday afternoon in Constitution Court (ConCourt) as Chilima endured the fourth day of cross-examination in the witness box.

However, Kaphale told the court that he has to mention every form because he has to be on the record.

Kaphale,  representing second respondent Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), in his capacity as government’s chief legal adviser, said he has lost cases before for being not on record.

“I hope I’m not being led into a trap. As I said, I have lost cases before. So I’ve made a compromise I will only mention 20 forms but the witness will have to be checking whether there are signatures in the forms that I’ll be mentioning,” said Kaphale.

Kaphale further explained that there are certain forms that do not have any signature hence, the forms cannot be treated as the same as suggested by Chilima’s lawyer.

Chilima and second  petitioner Lazarus Chakwera the leader of Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  are arguing that the May 21 Tripartite Elections lacked credibility and must be declared null and void.

The petitioners contend that President Peter Mutharika, the first respondent,  “won a fraudulent election” fraught with irregularities, including alleged stuffing of ballot papers with pre-marked ballots, tampering with election results sheets through correctional fluid called Tippex, and being found in possession of  result sheets at home.

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Charie
Charie
1 year ago

Kutha kwa chilima uku ,.kutha ma plan kwafika tsopano ng’ang’ang’a uja watha pano nde uyilowa ndi iti

dalo
dalo
1 year ago

Kodi kaphale akudya za bwana wake mumati atani?? Mai madando anakana kuti sanapeleke TIPEX koma apa akaphale akufunsa achilima kuti TIPEX amapangila correct ma figures kkkkk zoopsya kwabasi.Kodi even ku BANK munthu akulembela katsamba kaja ukatenge 1mil so iwe busy kuwalitsa ma number ndi TIPEX bank ingakupatse ndalama?????????? Tandithandizeni pamenepa

Charie
Charie
1 year ago
Reply to  dalo

Apaso pali za bank Mr azako achilima akuyankha bwino zedi inu nanga mwatani

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago
Reply to  dalo

Kikiki Ngakhale anthu akuwuze za nzeru, sizingakuthandizeni inu apa.

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

From the start of the case, it clear that Kaphale is not a competent Lawyer to represent MEC. His knowledge of elections is too shallow, he had better engage another Lawyers to do the cross-examination. He is a good lawyer I admit, but in other matters not constitution.By the way a Lawyer is supposed to keep his cool and remain focused on the issue in hand. There is no way a witness will agree with a Lawyer’s cross-examining throughout, so don’t lose your temper.

mulumuzana
mulumuzana
1 year ago

CHEM’BWANA MULI NDI MBALI NDIPO MBALI YANU TAIDZIWA….KOMA PA PLATFORM YANU IYI YA NYASATIMES TIMAGWIRITSA NTCHITO MAINA ONAMA NDIPO INU MA EMAIL ADDRESS ATHU MUKUWADZIWA KODI SIMUDZIPEREKA MA EMAIL ADDRESS ATHU KWA AJA ADAPHA OYIMBA WAKUCHILEKA ,EVISON MATAFALE KOMANSO NJAUNJU, ROBERT CHASOWA, MA ALUBINO, KWACHA GHAMBI AND MANY MORE KUTI ACHITE NAFE ZOMWE ADAZOLOWERAZO? MA LOYA NDI INU AMTOLANKHANI MUKUFUNIKANSO MADEMO ANUANU CHIFUKWA CHOKHALIRA KUMBUYO ZOIPA…TAONANI AKAPHALEWA NANGA MBC…MISONKHO YANGA NDAIDANDAULA…

Kaphala
Kaphala
1 year ago

Can somebody tell Kaphale that as a public servant, the AG’s job is this case is not to defend any side but rather to witness delivery of justice by the independent judiciary. As an independent body MEC needs to hire its own lawyers not using government staff such as the AG. If MEC is part of government, then we wasted time queuing in the cold May 21 because all civil servants are expected to tow the line of government of the day. The constitution provides for clear alternatives of negotiating for justice if the civil servants decide to collude to… Read more »

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaphala

I strongly agree with Kaphala.Kaphale as a AG is supposed to advise the Govt on legal issues and not to defend this stupid government

Nambewe
Nambewe
1 year ago

The Chilima side just wants to stop things, first they want Chichewa stopped, now they want to shorten the questioning! Let Kaphale do his job and you your job. THE FACTS WILL BE VERY OBVIOUS AND THE CONCLUSION WILL BE DRAWN.No don’t fll into a trap Mr Kaphale! these people have no case so they will try anything!!

Zawadi
Zawadi
1 year ago
Reply to  Nambewe

Nambewe dont take kaphale as a dolo kuma lawyers. For your information crossexamination has not yet done to MEC Jane peter side. If you know Modecai the Great you could have kept quiet and watch. Secondly young judges in lilongwe are not stupid they know what went wrong they cant destroy their careers and reputation because of this straight forward case. Thirdly if MEC witnesses or presiding officers will agree the use of illegal Tpex that’s irregularities, if they will acknowledge the presence of individuals (politicians) at polling stations. Kaphale mainly is examining chilima opinion not really application of the… Read more »

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
1 year ago
Reply to  Nambewe

Zawadi ndiwe dolo, ndaimika manja, what you have said is 147% true.

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
1 year ago

Kaphale take them head on these stupid folks. Sikupeza maunitsi ayi. When he was vp, some pipo were working for him and a big group for that matter komaso samasokosa pano watipeza kunja kuno umvetsaso timakudikira. Ukakhala pamsana panjovu usamati kulibe mame. This is the end of the end of arafat. The beginning of the end started when he chose to snap the party that was started by kambala. Pano watsala nazo wekha. I can forsee kaliati, kalindo and co going back to dpp anytime soon.

Central
Central
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbwiye

If I am to borrow a leaf from Kaphale’s way of questioning: what percentage is made so far from Chilima’s responses? Does it constitute 1%? If not, is it worth cerebrating or insulting anybody? The game is not yet over, and it might be wise to wait and comment when it is over!! Sitiona winanso attached by heart attack? Lets wait and see…………………………….!! This is merely kuchikuto or page i and ii not even page 1!

Ignatius
1 year ago

Take them head on amatitenga ngati ndife opusa pano aya kuchonga zitatuzitatu awona kuti apanga bwanji

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

Keep turning more fire on Arafat. Anazolowera kufoila ndi Zainab Badawi

NYO
NYO
1 year ago

KAPHALE WAB

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