Malawi elections case: Pumped Gwalidi could end UTM’s case

Mirriam Gwalidi, the first UTM roving monitor to stand for cross examination arrived in the constitutional court, pumped up and eager to belittle Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale’s questions and score political points.

Gwalidi with UTM president Saulos Chilima at the court

However, she presents one of the most damaging witnesses for UTM case, as through her presentations, she is keen to battle Kaphale than defend her facts or confirmation of her affidavit. Interestingly Kaphale, known for his rude attitude, is playing Gwalidi’s game, something someone who knows him should be scared.

Four times during the last part of the day, Kaphale let go of Gwalidi’s off question remarks and only asked her once when she said Justice Jane Ansah was not at polling centres where she declared results.

Comparing Ansahs role to her self is a cardinal mistake and invoking the name of President Peter Mutharika in her responses, will see her evidence being reduced to partisan rants than presenting hard core facts that the elections had anomalies.

The only things she confirmed was that she was not at any centre, she served as a roving monitor in Blantyre City visiting nine centres and that she did not participate in counting any vote. In court facts matter than better speaking and attitude.

Looking at the Judges in court today, Gwalidi could become a political entertainer and a legal case liability as she seems pumped up to humiliate someone. Unfortunately, in court, as Justice Tembo noted one time when he told AG Kaphale to sit properly- decorum matters a lot. She needs to be a material witness not a womens league representative- or whatever they are called.

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BigMan
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BigMan

Usual useless gutter journalism, is there no seriousness at all in Malawi?

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

My lady and my lord wait for damning audit evidence.

Kunchenga
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This dull lady is a crook and kafwimbi in shona.She once worked with Universal Industries Ltd , Ginnery Corner as a Cashier. She embezzled money and was on the run. Walking around the Poling station is not a valid reason to justify the position of a witness. Its true kuti UTM ndi ya mahule.

Manellow
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Manellow

Ku Nyasatimes kukuoneka kwagawikana, zikuoneka ma sympthisers a DPP aliponso kumeneku odyera pay per post!! But for the sake of Loving our country, ma reporter ngati awa osamawalora kumalemba mbwerera pa Nyasatimes pano, muluza nazo credetials, we like this news house koma ma cadet achotsenimo akusokoneza.

Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
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Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda

My Lady, My Lords is not a professional journalist as she is taking sides. The article is clear that she is supporting Kaphale. In professional reporting, facts matter, not opinion, trying to sway the public and make Gwalidi look bad. My Lady, My Lords, where were you when Kaphale was not dwelling on facts but the meaning of the word “plethora”? Kaphale then, was dwelling on fallacies by deliberately diverting people’s attention to the meaning of a word, ignoring the fact that the irregularities compromised the people’s rights, whether or not they were .5% .05% or .16%.

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

If this my lady my lords is a lawyer then s/he is lowering the standards of lawyering in Malawi. Gone are days when professional knowledge was an exclusive monopoly of trained individuals in that particular field. Accountants, doctors, lawyers, indeed all other professionals need to be aware that academic knowledge can easily be accessed online by the laity these days. If an overzealous professional opts to present mediocrity in the public influenced by politics or indeed sheer mediocrity s/he is basically ridiculing fellow esteemed learned colleagues in public

Mr Truth Pains
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The lady has hit Kaphale hard and even his way of questioning has changed completely of Kaphale.
Kaphale seems to be lost and he doesn’t know which line to dwell his question .

We need such kind of a lady who stand firm in our midst. Fearless Lady indeed.

Stanley Mpulula
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Stanley Mpulula

TRUE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE IS GOING TO WALK ALL OVER HER BECAUSE SHE IS A LADY. THE MALE DOMINANT THOUGHTS HAVE BACKFIRED.

Jose gama
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Jose gama

Hahaha you don’t know anything then about court things

Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche
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Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche

Anthu a UTM kudzaza marina m’mitu ngati Arafat Hamdani. Kodi simunamumvere Gwalidi woyeza edzi pa wailesi akumbwambwana?

Grace
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Grace

So where was the writer when Kaphale was doing the exact same thing to Chilima.

Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
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Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda

A very good and very valid point!!

political comentator
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The writter doesnt know what he/she is writting……as someone who has been following the court proceedings on the radio, Gwalidi is not there to humilliate anybody, she is onlyspeaking what she knows and what happened. Infact, she is calm and composed, she is not even afraid of KAPHALE…..even the AG himself is comfused bcoz Gwalidi produced facts that KAPHALE never thought of. I think next time,please NYASATIMES do not write this kind of Trash to the public……..you can allow a post withat kind of name (My lady, my lords)…….is that a name to use? You are just jealousy that she… Read more »

Tan
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Tan

Did you even listen to what judge kamanga said that the concept is to prove that the wrong person was elected. So far Gwalidi is failing to prove that the irregularities affected the outcome hence Theus objecting Kaphales line of questioning.

Galumtsukwa
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Galumtsukwa

I have lost all the respect I had for Nyasatimes. I guess they are in competition with the Malawi Voice for the most stu-pid online media prize. Asubu yawa akamba vabwekabweka.

Sober man
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Sober man

Yes yes Gwalidi has entered the witness box with a preconceived idea of trying to humiliate Kaphale forgetting that this is a case that is based on evidence and good oration.

When the look of things UTM was not well prepared for this case.

They have lost it

Chidzulu cha A Wazilinda.
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Chidzulu cha A Wazilinda.

Kaphale also entered the court with the aim of humiliating Saulos Chilima by pinning him on the meaning of a word as if Chilima is a Linguist or a language expert, ignoring that the contention was on irregularities which occurred (fact), not the meaning of the word. He was trying to discredit Chilima by questioning his credibility based on one word. Those who applauded Kaphale do not know what fallacies are. He goofed.

Jose gama
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Jose gama

Yes that’s true