Lawyer Mbeta says UTM’s Ndasauka lied on presidential poll skulduggery

Lawyer Frank Mbeta representing President Peter Mutharika, the first respondent in the historic presidential election case,  witnesses for UTM presidential candidate Saulos Chilima, the first petitioner,  lied in his claim of  poll skulduggery.

Lawyer Frank Farook Mbeta representing President Mutharika: UTM’s Ndasauka lied

Darlington Ndasauka, who was UTM’s consulting team leader at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre during the vote tallying and tabulation process, was in the witness box on Friday for cross-examination by lawyers representing Mutharika, and lawyers representing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the second respondent.

Ndasauka admitted to have a typing error on his allegation that  the electoral body used a bogus result at one polling station, thereby inflating the result of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Mutharika.

The court used a result sheet of a centre where Mutharika got six votes, Chilima 24 and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) contender Lazarus Chakwera 677 votes.

But Mbeta said Ndasauka lied.

“You have noted that this witness has said some of the alterations were made to favour Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika but, during cross examination, he conceded that the statement was wrong and exaggeration and there was no evidence in that and it should be actually removed,” Mbeta said.

During the grueling cross-examination on Friday, Mbeta  pinned Ndasauka over the primary source of valid votes.

“In his sworn argument, he seemed to suggest that the log book is the source of valid votes.But we heard the witness said the primary source of valid votes per candidate is form 60c that is what I was trying to capture and he has told the court that indeed the primary source is form 60c,” he said.

But Ndasauka later insisted that the primary source is the log book.

Earlier, he admitted having basic knowledge on use of the forms when Mbeta pushed for more answers on the matter.

“I have basic knowledge which I trust. I was not at the polling centre but I had contact with our  monitors,” he said.

Ndasauka’s testimony, like the previous witness, Miriam Gwalidi, dwelt on altered result sheets.

The cross-examination by Mbeta, is expected to finish on Monday, according to an undertaking the lawyer made in court. Then Ndasauka will face a friendly re-examination from Chilima’s legal team to correct mistakes he has made in his testimony.

Chilima and Chakwera (second petitioner), are challenging  the re-election of President Mutharika, alleging that the presidential results in May were marred by irregularities and fraud.

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The trouble you asked me to finish
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The trouble you asked me to finish

Is it just me who is thinking that there is collusion between the MEC lawyers and MUtharikas’ lawyers? We have MEC which is and has always been in alliance with DPP regime. That is the problem we have in Malawi.

Galumtsukwa
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Galumtsukwa

Ndasauka and Chilima are cut from the same clothe and their answers were devoid of any reasoning and boardered on plain stupid. Their responsies at times were a disgrace to say the least. They failed to properly answer even the simplest of questions. 1. Did tippex change the results? Yes it affected the integrity and credibility of the results. There is a reason why it is advisable that when a mistake has been done then that entry is supposed to crossed by 1 line in a way that the entry in not masked. 2. Did the use of duplicate forms… Read more »

Tan
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Tan

I agree with what you are saying and feel it becomes very tricky because of setting precedence. Irregularities will always be there as were in the American and Indian elections. The issue really is where will the line be drawn. They should not accept complacency on the part of MEC, however if they are quick to annul the elections based on irregularity then we can safely assume that going forward election cases will be a trend in Malawi because if you just look hard enough you will find one. Also just being open minded it’s becoming obvious that even the… Read more »

The trouble you asked me to finish
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The trouble you asked me to finish

It is clear by now that MEC handled the election very carelessly and incompetently to an extend that the election was not credible. If this is what should MEC be doing doing during elections then, as a country, we are in trouble. WE should vote again to send a clear message to a partisan MEC that we cannot allow it to bastardise our democracy.

Joloza
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UTM witnesses are a disgrace shame!!

NGWAZI
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FOOLISH ANSWERS ARE ANSWERS TOO !!

Malawians win
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Malawians win

Malawians win. Thieves loose – never stole people’s votes.

james
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mukamayimira bodza amalawi tikudziwa momwe mukhala ndi kumwera ziwoneka pitilizani dziko lilibe mwini

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