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Mangochi Monkey-Bay case adjourned

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The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned Mangochi Monkey- Bay parliamentary election case to Monday.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) aspiring Member of Parliament (MP), Gerard Kazembe, is challenging the election of Minister of Transport, Ralph Jooma, as the legislator for the constituency.

On Monday, Justice Jack N’riva, who is presiding over the case, will give directions on preliminary issues which arose during the hearing on Wednesday.

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“The court will rule if counsel for the petitioner has a right of audience to represent the petitioner since their licences are not yet out. Again, the respondents want the petitioners to serve them the disclosures of Mec [Malawi Electoral Commission] warehouse inspections although they already got them from the Registrar of the Judiciary,” Kazembe’s lawyer Henry Ngutwa said.

On Wednesday, the court resumed hearing the case after a long break.

Kazembe’s case has been facing logistical challenges on the part of the courts.

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Initially, the case was filed in Zomba with Justice Redson Kapindu as the presiding judge but was transferred to Justice Maclean Kamwambe in Blantyre after Kapindu was named as one of the five judges hearing the presidential election case.

But Kamwambe retired last December and the case has been assigned to N’riva.

During the initial hearing, the court ordered Mec to produce original copies of some documents it used in some centres in the parliamentary election of Mangochi Monkey-Bay Constituency.

High Court Judge Sylvester Kalembera nullified the parliamentary election for Mangochi West.

Elsewhere, Kafandikhale Mandevana, Enoch Chizuzu and Foster Thipiwa are also challenging parliamentary election results for Nsanje Central, Nsanje North and Chikwawa East constituencies respectively.

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