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Mec officer to go for perjury trial

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Pilirani Masanjala

One of Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec)’s witnesses in the May 21 presidential election case, Diverson Makwete, is expected to appear in court for perjury.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson, who is also State Senior Advocate, Pirirani Masanjala, said case-hearing was set for February 24 at the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court.

Makwete is alleged to have lied to the court that Central Region logbooks for the 2019 presidential election were locked up in Parliament warehouses when the said materials were in Mec warehouses.

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“The Director of Public Prosecutions has filed with the courts to commence trial at the magistrates’ court from February 24,” Masanjala said.

The High Court, sitting as a Constitutional Court, ordered an investigation into Makwete for allegedly lying under oath.

His trial comes as lead judge Healey Potani asked the then attorney general Kalekeni Kaphale to tell the court if at all any investigations were carried out on Makwete.

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“The court is of the view that, considering that Mr Makwete has not been personally heard, and the court has just examined his papers, it would be appropriate that law enforcement agencies should investigate to see whether his conduct did amount to perjury in these circumstances,” he said.

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