MCP withdraws 5 witnesses as Kaphale continues to punch holes in Chimangeni testimony

The second petitioner  in the historic elections petition case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera has withdrawn five more witnesses is remaining with five more witnesses.

Kaphale (L) and other lawyers having a talk outside court.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana

Lead lawyer for Chakwera in the case, Modecai Msisha SC, said the withdraw of the other witness is “a stratetgy” to ensure the case is expedited as they are convinced that they would have proved the irregularities and illegalities of the presidential elections results.

“We have withdrawn some witnesses to ensure that we move quickly,” said Msisha.

He said the witnesses withdrawn were useful but “ I think at the end of the dat, if we do nit suceeed with the key ones that we are going ti call, it is unlikely that those who we decided not to call would lead to success.”

Meanwhile,  MEC continue to cross-examine Chakwera’s key witness Peter Lackson Chimangeni, through Attorney General Kelekeni Kaphale.

Chimangeni claimed there were some missing votes for some candidates but he failed to locate any candidate valid votes for any polling station that had been assailed or challenged.

He had produced to court a list of 215 polling station where he alleged there were making votes. Each one of the listed tally centre data had an error.

The same when he alleged that there were extra votes added to candidates at some polling stations. He failed to pin point any single polling station where any candidate vote count had been assailed or where any candidate had extra votes added to his count.

Chimangeni  had earlier alleged some tally sheets had been forged on the basis of the order of signatures on tally sheets.  However, during cross-examination with Kaphale, he conceded that where a form has  no designated pre printed slots for monitor signatures and there are more than two people signing, it is possible the signature can appear in any order on the forms.

He also observed that the candidate votes on the forms that party monitors brought to him were the same as those MEC entered into the system.

His other allegation was that there were extra ballots at some polling stations in that the number of ballots issued were exceeded by the valid votes, null and void votes, cancelled and spoilt ballots and unused ballots.

Chimangeni said this affected 4419 votes.

When quizzed on how extra ballots could convert into votes when no candidate valid vote had been assailed , Chimangeni failed to come up with a plausible answer, the same applied to his allegation of missing ballots where it was claimed that the valid votes, unused ballots, cancelled ballots, null and void votes and valid votes were fewer than total ballots received.

He had alleged that this problem affected over 5,000 votes but failed to come up with a formula for converting ballots into votes and also could not pin point any polling station where a candidates valid vote count was discrepant or challenged.

Chimaneni allegation that there was low voter turn out in some centres and high voter turn out in others was challenged on the basis of data source and also that the issue was not pleaded in the main petition.

Cross examination of Chimangeni by the Attorney General continues on Wednesday.

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Tizanka
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Tizanka

Chimangeni wathila mchenga mpunga wa gulu

JOSEPH CHAGOMELANA
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LACKSON LACKSON LACKSON, MMMM; WHAT A SHAME?

Noxy
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Lackson Chimangeni is another useless witness MCP has brought.He forgets easily.His data was sourced poorly by disregarding own monitors at the polling station.He has embarrassed Chakwera a lot.

CRIMINAL MINDED
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CRIMINAL MINDED

Marthmatics and Laws are two different things Kaphale can’t understand Lackson , Lackson can’t understand Kaphale let’s wait and see the rules of the game

Yobu
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Yobu

By implication then the judges who are lawyers can not understand Lackson. They can make judgement on something that is not law which they understand.No basis of going to court.

Thats Me
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Thats Me

If the truth is to be told Kaphale miserably failed to pin down the witness. 1. The witness told the court that there were missing votes and Kaphale tried to counter that by telling the witness to tell the court whose particular votes were missing to which the witness told the court that to assign th missing votes to a particular candidate he would need to crosscheck with originals. The witness was able to convince the court that there are missing votes but was unable to assign those votes to a particular candidate on the basis that he was not… Read more »

njonjo njo
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njonjo njo

youre missing a point nkhani ndiyoti a chimangeni palibe chanzeru akuyankha koma mbwerera

joseph
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joseph

Dikilani chigamulo the issue is irregularities that is what in the law and the right to vote and equal vote even a single vote is as big as 1 million votes in the constitution.

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Which section of the constitution sir

chkoti
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chkoti

Lackson has just poured acid into Chakwera’s vase..shame

Ochewa Dala
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Ochewa Dala

Kuyambira ku church through parliament finished by the courts & dumped at Kasyia. Lazarus, reverend opusa ngati uyu sindinamuwonepo.

Ochewa Dala
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Ochewa Dala

KKKKK But MCP is a big joke. Overwhelming evidence turned into dreams. MCP is simply desperate

Omex70
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Omex70

Dikira cadet iwe ndi macadet anzko amene mukuona ngati zanu zili bwino.

Justice Anastasia
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Justice Anastasia

There is no good arithmetical knowledge in Kaphale and can not understand how an IT graduate tabulates the results. He thinks his confusing questions could mislead people with scientific mathematics.
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Jenala
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Jenala

Inusu ndinu tangosiyani, you are completely talking rubbish and nosense.