Khumbo Soko done with cross-examining ‘jittering’ Munkhondya of MEC

On eof the lawyers for UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, Khumbo Soko, on Wednesday morning rounded off cross examining jittering Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) witness Hensley Munkhondya who signed off by bringing in total figures of affected total valid votes and altered or fake results sheet.

Lawyer Soko: Grilled Munkhondya

It was evident from the start on the day that Munkhondya will have a tough ride, as he kept on skirting around questions when answering as well as trying to be very difensive on a straight forward issue, prompting the court to remind him on the importance of listening carefully to questions so that he gives straight answers.

He also kept on asking the lawyer to repeat questions, even when he had already started giving answers, which irked Soko who complained of time wasting.

The cross-examination  tackled issues of unaccounted for ballots papers, reconciliation or resolving outstanding issues on vote counting as as problematic tally sheets.

Through cross examination, it was discovered that at the time of announcing presidential results, about 634 ballot papers were not counted for.

“Did MEC account or find out what happened to these papers and where they have gone?” asked Soko to which Munkhondya answered “yes” after the question was repeated thrice.

He further asked if there was an outstanding error at the time of announcing the result which the witness said there was none saying they were resolved at that time.

“How were they resolved?” asked Soko

“Through a proper verification process from the polling station to the main tally center,” answered Munkhondya.

However, it was also noted that some log books were empty and some form 66Cs were not signed by any official.

“If a log book is blank, how do you validate a form?” asked Soko

“At the polling station, there is a form 66C left with the presiding officers so even if we have nothing in the log book we have a backing form,” he answered before telling the court that it was important for presiding officers to write in the log book.

Munkhondya also told the court that he had not information as to how many votes were recorded on duplicate papers as well as total numbers of duplicates used.

He failed to challenge that a total of 1 593 334 valid votes were affected, there were 1 330 486  altered tally sheets, a total of 1 120 104 valid votes were not signed by any person, there were 524 340 tippexed results sheet and there were a total of 188 172 fake or handwritten results sheets which were used.

The second petitioner, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera lawyers started cross examining Munkhondya Wednesday afternoon.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Game yagonatu apa.

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
9 months ago

It is clear that the MEC failed to conduct a credible election. In the event that a re-run is a verdict, all MEC commissioners should immediately resign and a criminal case should be opened against MEC CEO, MEC Chair and MEC IT Director.

Xxxxx
Xxxxx
9 months ago

Khumbo soko’s, theory is full of assumptions. Why should mec officers agree with assumptions instead of facts?

gunduze
9 months ago

inu chomwe muyenera kudziwa ndi ichi , si tonse amene timatha kuyankhula pa gulu munkhondya ndi munthu amene satha kuyankhula pa gulu koma sizikutanthauza munthuyu ndi ofoyila ayi

mananjalo
mananjalo
9 months ago
Reply to  gunduze

Ngati mnkhondya satha kuyankhula pa gulu then was not worthy to stand as witness zamuvuta

Tariq
Tariq
9 months ago

Kodi UTM ikupanga contribute chani to this case?

By the way, Bwana Khumbo has a lucid mind. Tinadziwana kale-kale

Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.
Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.
9 months ago
Reply to  Tariq

Tangonenani zina nanu, bwanji Soko wakuchapani mmaso tsopano mwayamba kupeza ma reasons why the case? Pwilikiti unve!

mananjalo
mananjalo
9 months ago
Reply to  Tariq

Utm ndi amalawi amodzi omwe anavota nawo omwe amadzitsata zisankho m’bale ndichifukwa aliku coukomanso anaimanawo nachitilidwanso ndipongwe ndi a mec

True
True
9 months ago

So sooo pathetic for this gentleman called Mukho, he boasted for nothing… Saying I worked with Mec for 17yrs… Malabishi.. You must learn to stand for the truth.. Facts n truth are two different things.. Mbuzi

politician
9 months ago

Probably the youngest lawyer involved in that case currently, he really squeezed Munkhondya to the corner.

Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.
Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.
9 months ago
Reply to  politician

Dude, Soko pined this malume kikkkkkkk!

Mbwiyache
Mbwiyache
9 months ago

Nkhumbo I respect you

Nawaooooooo
Nawaooooooo
9 months ago

The conclusion is simple, Rerun

Toka
Toka
9 months ago

Rerun on the way

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