Suleman enters re-examination as Mbeta winds up cross examination with optimism

Daud Suleman, the key witness in the historic presidential elections petitions case, remains in the witness box for a friendly re-examination by second petitioner  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s  lead lawyer Mordecai Msiska in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe.

Mbeta grilled Suleman on on how results were allegedly manipulated in the system.

This follows  a gruelling cross-examination by lawyers representing first respondent President Peter Mutharika and second respondent, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), who took turns in their attempt to discredit Suleman claims, especially the allegation that the May 21 presidential election was rigged in favour of Mutharika through results management as unknown users he dubbed “ghosts” were logging in to upload results.

Suleman, who supported Chakwera’s petition to have the results nullified and an order for a rerun, faced a number of lawyers in heated cross-examination, including Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and Tamando Chokotho for MEC; and Frank Mbeta  for Mutharika.

Mbeta spent most of his final cross examination time trying to discredit Suleman’s claim that some data in the computer system trigger was deleted to avoid them detect activities which were taking place by users’ of  electoral body’s computers.

In his demonstration, Suleman told the court that 1325 results were deleted in the system trigger which in the end resulted into the deletion of the audit trail.

However, through disagreements between the two rose when Mbeta told Suleman to show them how the deletion shows in the system saver by asking  MEC team to click on one of the triggers and it was found that indeed trigger data were deleted to avoid tracking down the deleted data as it was disabled deliberately.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Mbeta said he feels like they have managed to show how Suleman’s findings were wrong, used wrong table and wrong audits trails.

“For example, he told the court that 1325 results we were deleted in the system but we have managed to go into the database and show that they were intact. We have also showed, through him that he computerized each and every electoral process yet there were some instances where they had to be done manually like use of tally sheets that were printed,” he said.

Mbeta further said they also managed to show the court that Suleman lied that the audit trails were deleted.

“What we know is that he was not able to find the audit trails and those who approved them. This inability to operate the system that’s what led him to miss the audit trail and in the process he missed to find those who approved the same,” he said.

Lawyer Msisha will continue Thursday with the friendly re-examination.

Msisha hinted that they may finish re-examining Suleman Thursday, and this jerked chair of the five-judge panel, Healey Potani, to advise that the witness for  Mutharika, who happens to be Ben Malunga Phiri and Bob Chimkango, should be set  to take to the witness stand.

In the case, Chakwera alongside first petitioner and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima are seeking nullification of presidential election results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections over alleged irregularities in the results management system. The petitioners are also seeking an order for a rerun.

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namzikambe
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lets wait for the judgement basi

Lux Tikitira
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Lux Tikitira

How can you see something that has been deleted from a computer server?

Nkhutche
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Nkhutche

Forensic experts can do that.

Livingstonia Synod
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Livingstonia Synod

Eish! I think zinthuzi nzovutirapo ndithu. One moment you get a feeling the opposition ‘fake IT gurus’ have laid it bare only to be discredited for reading wrong sheets (local government) or failing to open the actual data and instead tell the court data was deleted? This is gross incompetence!!!!!!

Nyau
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Nyau

Listened to Mbetas examination n I wasn’t convinced. There was an attempt to push Suleiman to a different server altogether n the court noticed that n advised Suleiman that re examination would resolve that.. I was immensely impressed with Suleiman responses n no one at this point has not discredited his evidence

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Confirmation bias

Xxxxx
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Xxxxx

while acknowledging sulemani is good in his own right, stop believing that he is the best. He may have made errors in his examination of MEC servers which made him draw wrong conclusions about the same. sulemani and his cronies set up a parallel tally centre without knowing who would provide them the data to be analysed. So in desperation they resorted to pulling the data from MEC website or indeed MEC tally centre because MCP monitors did not have or did not supply the parallel tally centre with tally sheets. This indicates lack of capacity to independently verify MEC… Read more »

Lego
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Stop telling us lies.Which tally centre are you talking about here.Stop hiding from the truth.

Lego
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Why your MEC and DPP lawyers are not asking Suleiman the Ghost User he mentioned?

gibo
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The truth are now out guys,The election was rigged indeed.

Masa
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Masa

I agree with you…those who have listened to the cross examination will surely agree with me that truth has been laid bare

FRED LOCKS
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MBETA NDI MBUZI INU ANYASATIMES BWANJI SIMUNAYIKE ARTICLE IMENE MBETA ADALEPHERA KUMUPANGA TUSSLE SULEMANI KENAKO ANAPEMPHA 45MINUTES KUTI AKACHITE CONSULT MA LAWYER ANZAKE NYASA DONT BE BIASED WE ARE FOLLOWING THIS CASE DONT CHEAT US

Nyau
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Nyau

What do they mean when they said Mbeta discredited Suleiman…At what point exactly?? Which facts did Suleiman failed to respond to?? We need balanced news Nyasati es

zapadziko
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zapadziko

Zoona, ngati a Nyasatimes akufuna tizingovera za bwino kwa DPP kuli bwino apite ku MBC. iFE POYAMBA TIMAIKONDA nYASATIMES CHIFUKWA IMANENA ZONSE, KOMA YA MASIKU ANOYI KAYA ALEMBA MA CADET OKHAOKHA? KAYA

peter
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Thanks for the update

Raymond
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Raymond

Nothing good for MEC and DPP including their Lawyers in this case. They just westing our time! We are waiting for a big day, so these animals Mbeta and Kaphale are fucking Malawians around they have to stop their nonsense.

Thanks
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Thanks

Sulemani the great….microsoft expert who holds undated certificates.

Nyau
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Nyau

Fair comment from someone with inadequate qualifications..I can see that you only have at least 4 papers

Test
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Test

Just sincere advice to Daud and other people in his situation. If you are going to actively side with politicians, just join politics properly. Maybe stand for MP. If you decide to have a proper career, just focus on your career. Combining the two is a catastrophe. You have worked hard to build your career to where you are, but politicians regardless of which party you join are selfish there will destroy your career. If MCP wins the case, you are sorted but what if they don’t? Matters to do with courts are tricky. Your image has taken a hit… Read more »

BWITOTO
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BWITOTO

You are a pathetic Coward indeed.