We managed to discredit UTM evidence in Malawi poll case, says MEC lawyer

Lawyer Tamanda Chokhotho represent Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the second respondent in the historic presidential elections case, has said they have managed to discredit the evidence of UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, who is the first petitioner in the case.

One of MEC lawyers Tamanda Chokhotho leaving the court

Chilima, through his legal team has closed its petition case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe after withdrawing all his 34 remaining witnesses.

This meant closure of Chilima’s case, having paraded only four witnesses, of whom his UTM Party deputy director of elections Bright Kawaka was the last witness to testify on Wednesday. Others who testified were Chilima himself, Mirriam Gwalidi and Darlington Ndasauka.

Chokhotho, who is working with Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale in MEC legal team, said the burden of proof lies in the petitioners and that so far, UTM has failed to prove claims of rigging.

He said the electoral body will show that the first petitioner did not manage to prove allegations they raised.

“From the witnesses we cross-examined, no witness proved allegations of bribery, intimidation, [among others],” said Chokhotho.

He said from the cross-examination, and for those that have followed the case, they would agree that “we managed to discredit their evidence.”

Chokhotho said their position is not to comment on ongoing court issues in the media, but was commenting to answer the claim by one of lawyers representing Chilima, Chikosa Silungwe, that they have proved their case.

Silungwe said they were convinced that they have proved that correction fluid Tippex was used, fake documents and duplicates were used and presiding officers, in some instances, did not sign result sheets and log books, which was contrary to the law.

 

“Our case was premised on two pillars; irregularities and fraud. It’s about quality of evidence,” said Silungwe.

 

Next week Tuesday, the court will start hearing the second petitioner’s testimony, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera.

 

The petitioners contend that Mutharika “won a fraudulent May 21 2019 Presidential Election” fraught with irregularities, including alleged tampering with election results sheets with Tippex and want the court to nullify the results and order a re-run.

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Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
2 years ago

bastard lawyer

Apao Kugola
Apao Kugola
2 years ago

Lawyer Chokhotho is scrap. It is obvious and clear that UTM has managed to establish on “IRREGULARITIES”. UTM did not go court on “RIGGING”. According to the law governing the conduct of credible Presidential and Parliamentary Elections UTM managed to establish a case in support of a re-run. Even if MCP is asked to withdraw grounds for a re-run cannot be quashed. Chokhotho is just trying to save face.

Noxy
2 years ago

Hearsays have embarrassed UTM in court.Miseche siimanga mudzi zikomo.

Justice Usiwa
Justice Usiwa
2 years ago

If you are employed as presidential guard ,you guard the live president and when he dies you guard his corpse.Mugabe’s corpse is guarded despite being useless/dead.So he is just answering the call of duty to fulfill his normal duties.

Jomicons
Jomicons
2 years ago

Koma abale kodi ndi fodya wanji woyambisa misala chochi?

KALIATI HUMPHREY
2 years ago

YES YOU MANAGED TO DISCREDIT TIPPEX !! TALKING LIKE A CONFUSED LAWYERS !

Justice Uris's
Justice Uris's
2 years ago

Ndiye kumunamiza peter,Even Chimulirenji admitted that fate presidential tally sheets were used,fake ballots,fake log books exhibited in court.May be you should be saying doing best to keep Peter’s BP àt bay.

Ndife
Ndife
2 years ago
Reply to  Justice Uris's

The food we are eating are full of chemicals therefore High blood pressure can be for you and me.

Justice Uris's
Justice Uris's
2 years ago

Oiling and cleaning a mud roving pig.How much have you paid Nyasa editor? Were you reimbursed the money that was given to aborted witnesses of UTM.Silungwe says he has never faced the weakest lawyer as Chokoto since he began his profession.

Nyapapi
Nyapapi
2 years ago

Wonders shall never cease to end. Are you the 5 judges to have been convinced of discrediting the evidence. In whose perspective is it? Yours or the public? The judges or the petitioners?

In Chichewa there is a saying amati kudzikwata ndi chala.kkkkkkkk

Charie
Charie
2 years ago

More fire DPP

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