UTM’s Gwalidi off the hook of cross-examination, tackles alterations and duplicates

UTM Party  second witness in the ongoing presidential elections case  Miriam Gwalidi on Wednesday afternoon came off the hook of the lengthy cross examination after lawyers for the first respondent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika finished quoting her  centered much on the claims of results sheet alterations and use of duplicates.

Gwalidi with UTM president Saulos Chilima at the court
In her sworn statement, Gwalidi had indicated that some presiding officers altered  results sheets as well as some duplicates without watermarks were used.

Asked by President Mutharika’s lawyer Frank Farouk Mbeta if she could identify some duplicates without watermarks which were used, Gwalidi referred to the used sheets at Ligowe Primary School.

She further disputed a suggestion by Mbeta that some duplicates may look like they have no watermarks because of the use of carbon saying “the way they were designed they would not be carbonated”.

On the issue of alterations, Mbeta brought to Gwalidi’s attention of her own handwritten notes and those from UTM lawyers which were altered, saying some corrections were on genuine mistakes.

However,  Gwailidi said, “It might be yes or no, no in the sense that some alterations would be made to manipulate information and yes because some of the alterations could be made because some results were entered wrongly.”

Asked further if there were some alterations that changed the valid vote count, Gwalidi’s response was positive but before she could fish out the actual results sheets, UTM lawyer Bright Theu stood on the concern of asking repeated questions which forced Mbeta to move on with other questions .

The afternoon session, the court was forced for an early break after UTM lawyers questioned the use of some documents which were not identified.

UTM lead counsel Dr Chikosa Silungwe feared that they might use documents which are amomg those that are subject to disclosure, which forced the court to go for a 15 minutes recess for counsel Mbeta to organize the pages.

Gwalidi is expected to be re-examined by UTM lawyers on Thursday, which lawyer Marshall Chilenga indicated that it will take a day.

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DAUSI
1 year ago

GWALUDI IS A STRONG WOMAN /A HERO —-THERES SOMETHING WORTHY IN GWALUDIS NARRATIVE —–FOOLISH ANSWERS ARE ALWAYS ANSWERS TOO—-

Neno
Neno
1 year ago

Chilima is the only last hope for as to have a better Malawi.

mmc
mmc
1 year ago
Reply to  Neno

I disagree. 18 million people in Malawi. And only Chilima is the only hope. Poor mindset.

Mwalamwala
1 year ago
Reply to  mmc

then mention them, who else?

Jerry
Jerry
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwalamwala

Everybody of us. We strive for a better Malawi we will get it.That onus can’t be on one person.

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwalamwala

Why is the idiot Arafat your last hope? Such a very poor quality leader with no potential to.make any difference.

Cairo
Cairo
1 year ago
Reply to  Neno

Nonsense, mwamudziwa liti

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