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28 witnesses testify in MCP case

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A total of 28 witnesses have been paraded in a case in which some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chairmen are demanding an emergency convention to “rectify” positions made to the party’s National Executive Committee (Nec) in August last year.

Yesterday, the applicants paraded four witnesses.

“We are only remaining with one witness. This means that in total, we will have 29 witnesses,” said the chairmen’s lawyer, Wesley Namasala.

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Judge Charles Mkandawire has since adjourned the matter to October 31, 2016.

Party President, Lazarus Chakwera, made the changes, on August 27, 2015.

But Dedza Valley District Chairman, Lackson Khamalatha, and 26 others have been challenging the Nec reshuffle.

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Parading of witnesses started early last month. Some of the people who have so far testified in the case are Khamalatha, Langizani Mapulesi (Salima), Gilbert Chione (Mzuzu) and Kelvias Chanza (Chikwawa).

On the first day of hearing, the district chairmen, had a torrid day responding to questions from MCP lawyer Wapona Kita.

Since Mkandawire started hearing the matter, there have been a number of applications along the way.

One of them was an application by eight people to join the case as parties. But Registrar of the High Court in Lilongwe, Jastus Kishindo dismissed it.

Mkandawire also dismissed an application for injunction by the chairmen, to stop MCP from implementing outcome of district elections held after August 29, 2016. That forced the chairmen to seek redress from the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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