Malawi elections case day 7: Chilima admits he has no evidence Mutharika rigged

Former vice-president Saulos Chilima on the seventh day of his evidence cross-examination confirmed that correctional fluid “tippex” was not used to favour his former boss President Peter Mutharika and also conceded that he has no evidence that Mutharika rigged the elections to be re-elected.

Chilima, the country’s immediate past vice-president, will endure gruelling cross-examination for eighth day

In a huge turn around to all his claims, Chilima told the court he had not brought any evidence to confirm that Mutharika stole the 2019 elections.

Mutharika’s lawyer Frank Farouk Mbeta faced a barrage of objections from Chilima’s legal team trying to protect his witness and the petitioner’s lawyers also joined to shoot down interventions by Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale who warned the petitioners that limiting explanations could backfire to their case.

Chilima admitted that no premature ballots were used in rallying the results in the elections.

The former vice-president also admitted that even in areas where he polled the highest votes like Rumphi district, tippex was used to correct genuine mistakes.

He had also  confimed he challenged everyone that the 2019 elections could not be rigged.

In court, Mbeta played an audio recording of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief executive officer Sammy Alfandika telling journalists that two pre-marked ballot papers were issued to voters in Mzimba but the ballots were not cast and the issuer was arrested.

Mbeta asked Chilima about the issue and the UTM leader insisted that the incident was a case of fraud which affected the elections.

Mbeta asked:” If MEC took action against its fraudulent agent, would you still say that MEC committed fraud?”

In his response, Chilima said:  “I should think so.”

The lawyer then asked Chilima if he would agree that the attempted fraud was not successful since the pre-marked ballot were not cast to which Chilima said he would not agree.

“So you would want the court to nullify the presidential election because of two pre-marked ballots that never made it into the tallying?” Mbeta quized Chilima, who responded, “yes.”

Mbeta then pressed Chilima to demonstrate how the ballots affected the elections but the UTM leader’s lawyer Bright Theu objected to the line of questioning, saying President Mutharika’s lawyer  and witness had different views on the issue.

At one point, Attorney General intervened saying questions that are being barred during cross-examination such as seeking explanations to materials should also not be allowed during re-examination.

In response, Chilima’s lawyer Dr  Chikosa Silungwe questioned the intervention by the Attorney General saying he is failing to act as a custodian of the constitution because he is representing Electoral Commission in the case.

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braveheart
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baby Chilima Shame!

Dr. Mabushu
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Ziribwino kuti eni ake a Tsamba lino ndima Cadet so, thats why they are not interested ndima Opposing Views, koma kuyika zomwe Makhadethi apanga post basi or ziri zamamina!! Never Mind!!!!!!

Botolo
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Botolo

Overwhelming evidence indeed! Wasting everyone’s time

Jamax
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Jamax

Waonatu iwe Absalomu!!!! makani ngati nyani – nanga uwauza chiani anthu ako? chifukwa pali mbuzi zina zopanda nzeru zimalemba manyi okhaokha pa tsamba ili – you really proved to this Nation and the World at large that you are nothing but a useless leader!!!! Now look at what your followers has done to this Nation??? Chawera is a spiritual leader who is being used by the demonic forces and he is directly misleading. I also told you that Trapence and Mtambo are true sons of the EVIL one they just want to destroy the good image of this country and… Read more »

Molandia MopiaBaluwa
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Molandia MopiaBaluwa

I have evidence that Gift Trapence and Timothy Mtambo are members of Satanism. I was a member of the group they belong.Thanks God that he delivered me and Undule

Nanzikambe
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Nanzikambe

It is non of our business comrade Molandia.

Joloza
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Their actions show that they are agents of the evil one.

Nambewe
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Nambewe

Publicise the evidence so that the country can see they are dealing with the devil who just wants to destroy Malawi! Publicise the evidence clearly!!!!

Alexander Kazembe
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Alexander Kazembe

God may forgive you because of what you’ve said

Nabetha
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Nabetha

Chilima is very wise by giving those answers. The petitioners’ case is not to prove that Peter rigged the election, their case has something to do with the irregularities. It is a requirement that each and every poling station should have chairs and desks, no one can dispute that. I don’t know what exactly is lawyer Mbeta trying to achieve by likening tippex to chairs and tables. Chilima is not in the dock to argue but to answer questions. There are a lot of facts that Chilima has laid down for his lawyers to argue that indeed irregularities took place… Read more »

Jason Bailer
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Jason Bailer

If you cannot see the reason behind Mbeta’s questioning of the existence of tippex why then are you showing your ignorance, coz all he is doing is to build his defence by making Chilima hang himself in the open court. Remember he admitted tippex was used to correct errors and not for fraudulent intents. Have your brains sorted before you commit yourself in the public domain.

Joloza
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Anabetha irregularities are inevitable in every election in the world. However, the argument here is not about irregularities but fraud. Did fraud really take place or not? This is what Chilima is to prove in court.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

what could they do apart from what they did?

Kishombe
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Kishombe

Zeze is just wasting our time. Matama ndi kudzipopa ngati finye basi, mxiiiii!

Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

Cadet lemba zenizeni zikuchitika ku court

Pido
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Pido

Abale, koma mwati a Chilima m’mutumu muli bwinobwino? Koma mwati sitikuyimba nawo nymbo ya wamisala apa?

Guys, think about it; the guy does not bring any evidence yet he has the audacity to go to court on no case at all? Show me Saulos Chilima and I will show you the most confused confusionist of our era. The guy is a time waster

aNNSA
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aNNSA

Nane mutu wayima i can not get around this. IF THIS CHILIMA WAS VP WE ARE DEFO DOOMED

Alexander Kazembe
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Alexander Kazembe

No bro he is wise because the evidence is on ballot papers thats tippex these kinds of questions they just want to confuse him so that they can find something wrong from him if you remember well they were asking him other questions which AG shouldn’t ask him that’s why he didn’t answer those kinds of questions

Pewani
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Pewani

Please Chebwana do not mislead us.

Mzozodo
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Mzozodo

Inutu mukumasowa objectivity mukamalemba. mukulemba ma opinion anu and not facts per se