Mutharika has 42 witnesses in elections case but only ‘awful’ 2 paraded

President Peter Mutharika, the first respondent in the presidential election results nullification petition, has 42 witnesses who have sworn statement  but  paraded only  two witnesses to be cross-examined by petitioners’ lawyers.

Bob Chimkango, the second witness for President Mutharika
Ben Phiri: First witness for Mutharika

Frank Mbeta, one of the lawyers representing Mutharika who was added to the case by virtue of being the declared winner, said there were about 42 witnesses who have sowrn statement filed with the court.

He said out of those 42 witnesses, the petitioners only expressed interest to cross-examine two who were at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre.

The other 40 witnesses, Mbeta said, are monitors that were in different polling centres across the country.

Initially, Mutharika’s legal team had submitted to court to question some 243 witnesses in the ongoing election case but the judges rejected the check list as not candid enough.

The witnesses who testified for Mutharika were his former aide now Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Phiri and

The rwo witnesses have been considered awful with private practice lawyer Modecai Msisha (Senior Counsel) who is lead counsel for second petitioner and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, dismissed  Phiri’s evidence as an attempt to defend  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the second respondent.

Phiri, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections, was followed by Blantyre-based lawyer Bob Chimkango.

Chimkango was cross-examined by Bright Bright Theu representing first petitioner and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima but   Msisha said he did not want to repeat questions posed to the witness by Theu.

But Mbeta who completed re-examination of Mutharika witnesses said he was satisfied that the two had demonstrated that the petitioners’ claims of irregularities was not backed by evidence.

The five-judge panel comprising Ivy Kamanga, Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu, Mike Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise indicated it would conclude hearing the matter on December 6 and thereafter have about 40 days to deliver its verdict.

Chilima—who contested in the May 21 Tripartite Elections presidential race while having the title of the country’s vice-president after being voted to the office as a pair with Mutharika in 2014—and Chakwera are seeking nullification of the elections on the basis of irregularities in the results management system.

 

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Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

Mboni za Mutharika (Mutharika Witnesses)

bandafred9@gmail.com
1 year ago

MBONI INGAKHALE YONAMIZIRA KUTI NDI DOTOLO?? HAHAHAHAHA ZA MACHENDE BASI

Medson
Medson
1 year ago

I would love all 42 wittiness could have been cross examine. By not cross examine them the case will be jeopardize

Observer
Observer
1 year ago

Ben and Chimtengo’s input were pathetic. Never expected them to perform like that. Umboni wao it’s like ndi ma International Observer . Konsekonse mpeni wansengwa!

YOSWA MKONYOFU
YOSWA MKONYOFU
1 year ago

You dont deliberately show ignorance when in your sworn in statements you indicated that you know what was happening, its a contradiction and it gives the court that you are hiding the truth, These issues are recorded and will come up in submissions, Amenewa sanatithandize to say the truth.

Mtete
1 year ago

42 witnesses for what? It’s a foregone conclusion there is going to be a RERUN. DPP/APM are just buying time to wreck Malawi’s economy even more.

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1 year ago
Reply to  Mtete

Ndipotu akuichinda economy’yo. Kudyeratu like there’s no tomorrow.

PPD
PPD
1 year ago

Out of the whole bunch of idiots in the DPP the two were considered to the the most shrewd.

Pathetic
Pathetic
1 year ago

I was once required to give a deposition in court, my lawyers spent hours upon hours, days and days preparing and couching me on how to answer or how not to answer questions, I felt so bad for Ben Phiri and Bob Chimkango, it was painful .

A lesson to all lawyers please prep your clients so you all don’t look like total fools!

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1 year ago

😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 only two idiots paraded

Okatraz
Okatraz
1 year ago

kumamva chizungu akulu, the petitioners chose the two to be cross examined

Makape
Makape
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

The petitioners didn’t choose, it’s the respondents In this case Mr Maliseche and MEC who choose who should be their witnesses

DPP CADET
DPP CADET
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Okatraz kumamva chizungu mlomwe iwe okhozela Quota System; the petitioners needed two and the Cadets chose those two idiots among many. Don’t you know that Cadet Dausi was at the Tally Center and at some point he was panel beaten by the good Samaritans? Those chosen cadets were awful to the core!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pewani
Pewani
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

But they are awful

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1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Kodi Okatraz ukuti chani? Wadya gondolosi chizungu chakuvuta eti?

Makape
Makape
1 year ago

Ben Phiri and Bob Chimkango were terrible witnesses for APM. One of the many duties of a lawyer is to anticipate what questions the other side is going to ask your witness and prepare and couch your client on how to respond to those questions. These witnesses came across as being totally unprepared and clueless. A lost opportunity for MEC and APM. It was painful listening to them.

Okatraz
Okatraz
1 year ago
Reply to  Makape

They did extremely well

Cadet Denial
Cadet Denial
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Keep on dreaming , keep on being in denial

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Denial is an ineffective defense mechanism, you better wake up and smell the cofffee Dude!!

Nyankhoma
Nyankhoma
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Really, the “Dr” from Jerusalem and the politician civil servant did extremely well? ?

John Gray Gufa
John Gray Gufa
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

You are right.

DPP CADET
DPP CADET
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Okatraz! Shame!

Atate
Atate
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Your opinion, Okatraz. We are seeing it at another angle.

Aabwino
Aabwino
1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

extremely well has a new meaning!!!

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1 year ago
Reply to  Okatraz

Kkkkkkkkk Okatraz is a joke. Speaking of which, in re-examination, that idiot Mbeta showed, through Bob, that there was a form where more votes were awarded to LMC than actually won. The fool! Showing that LMC got extra votes than he won doesn’t support your case. It only proves LMC’s case that the elections were irregularly conducted.

Machendekhwepe
Machendekhwepe
1 year ago
Reply to  Makape

My friend dont be fooled he was deliberately feigning ignorance in order to prevent subsequent questions which Theu wanted to ask in order to prove his case. Hope you have listened to re-examination.

Amadeus
1 year ago
Reply to  Machendekhwepe

Interesting!! In my next life, law is my destination. Never thought uzeleza matters more than logic😁😁

Khumutcha
Khumutcha
1 year ago
Reply to  Machendekhwepe

But it still an silly calculation, because it showed that he was clueless kaya.

No wonder in re-examination he had to be reminded by the lawyer of the Petitioner that he had said didn’t know some issues hence should not talk about that.

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