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MCP 3rd witness cross-examined

A third witness of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Peter Lackson Chimangeni, has started going through cross-examination in the ongoing elections case at the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe.

Chimangeni, who has told the court that he prefers to be called Peter Lackson, was a data entry clerk supervisor at the party’s parallel centre during the May 21 tripartite elections.

He is being cross-examined by Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale who has so far expressed dissatisfaction with the way the witness is answering questions saying its slow progress may delay the cross-examination process.

The witness told the court that he was not only supervising people that were entering data at the party’s parallel tally centre but also entering data.

Kaphale, among other things, asked him if he was validating the data with MCP monitors.

In his response, the witness said he did not but said he can explain the reason why.

“In your sworn statement are you discussing with any monitor from a polling station to validate the data? Kaphale asked.

“I did not do the validation with the monitors with an explanation,’’ he responded.

After a lengthy deliberation, Kaphale said he needs time to cross-examine the witness because he was not responding to the questions as they were being asked.

One of the judges, Redson Kapindu requested the witness to be answering Kaphale with straight forward replies to avoid delaying the matter.

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