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Attorney General ends Saulos Chilima grilling today

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale Tuesday said he would finalise cross-examining first petitioner in the elections case, UTM President Saulos Chilima, today.

At the end of proceedings Tuesday, Judge Healey Potani asked Kaphale to say when he would finalise cross-examining Chilima.

Kaphale has been cross-examining Chilima since Thursday afternoon when the case started.

“I should be done tomorrow [Wednesday] and if there are other things that are similar, I will compile them. I will decide whether tackle the new affidavits or leave [them out]. I do not see myself cross-examining him [Chilima] after Wednesday,’’ Kaphale said.

The court is expected to hear the case in 12 days and, this far, they are eight days remaining for the court to hear the matter.

The Constitutional Court, earlier in the day, ruled that Kaphale could continue question Chilima on testimonies by other witnesses considering that he used the same in the sworn statements he presented to the court.

This was after lawyer for Chilima, Bright Theu, had objected to Kaphale’s line of questioning Chilima on sworn statements made by other witnesses who would also appear in court.

For instance, during cross-examination, the AG asked Chilima if he could confirm that the valid vote was not altered and that the monitors signed the result form presented to the court as a sworn statement.

Chilima said the monitor signed the form but the presiding officer did not.

Opposition Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and Chilima are challenging results of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

The court is expected to reconvene this morning.

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