Malawi poll case adjours to Nov 25 for final 2 weeks: First DPP witness takes stand

Landmark elections case has adjourned on high intense mood as lawyer for President Peter Mutharika swiftly came to the rescue of the president’s first witness Ben Phiri over his academic qualifications.

Lawyer Chikosa Silungwe (L) quizzed Ben Phiri on his qualifications

This was after the first petitioner Dr Saulos Chilima’s lawyer Dr Chikosa Silungwe asked Phiri where he obtained his PhD degree and explain his thesis for PhD research.

Phiri said he obtained the degree from Jerusalem International College but as he stammered over the thesis, lawyer for Mutharika,  Frank Mbeta objected to the question.

The case has since been adjourned to November 25 for the final two week sitting before it finishes on December 6.

Ruling of the case is expected 45 days after December 6, according to the court officials.

The court has since directed all parties in the case to file their final submissions by December 17, 2019.

Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu, a member of Mutharika’s legal team, said the petitioners failed to prove in court that presidential results were manipulated; hence, asked the court to throw away the petition.

Tembenu made the argument when he laid the case on Phiri, who is also governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections, will be giving his evidence.

Chilima, who is first petitioner in the case, is alongside Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera (second petitioner), challenging the re-election of President Peter Mutharika, alleging that the presidential results in May were marred by irregularities and fraud.

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Nyaphapi One
3 years ago

In Mozambique elections! ……..pls read Jane’s Defence Weekly!

G. Mo
3 years ago

That’s TIT for TAT, mwanya mukukanika kufotokoza momvekatu APA a Nyasa times , Osamapanga masewera ulendo ulipo basi

3 years ago

Dr Silungwe woyeeeee. Koma zomera za ku Lupachi ndi ku Kaboma zili bho. Mulandutu watha lero. Wavomereza Ben 10

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
3 years ago

In Mozambique elections, observers raised more serious irregularities, while in Malawi elections, no serious irregularities were raised. But the concourtvin Mozambique have dismissed the opposition application to nullify the results. Assuming judges use same criteria in making judgment, then the outcome of our case can be infer8.

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