Mec to parade three witnesses
Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has said it will parade three witnesses in the presidential elections case underway in Lilongwe.
The three are Mec Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, Director of Elections, Hesley Munkhondia and Director of IT, Muhabi Chisi.
Briefing reporters after yesterday’s court sitting, Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing Mec in the case, said though they have over 700 witnesses, they will only bring three witnesses to court because the petitioners have not expressed interest in cross-examining the other witnesses.
In his introduction, Kaphale asked the court to dismiss the case, saying it lacks substantial evidence to prove that the elections were fraudulent.
But his MCP counterpart, senior counsel Modecai Msisha, told reporters after yesterday sitting that the petitioners have presented overwhelming evidence to show irregularities in the court.
Earlier, Frank Mbeta, who is lawyer for Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate during the elections, Peter Mutharika, concluded re-examining DPP second witness, Bob Chimkango.
Mbeta said although the DPP has paraded two witnesses in the court, its witness base of 42 remains intact.
“We brought two witnesses because they are the ones the petitioners expressed interest to cross-examine. Otherwise, we were ready to bring all the 42,” Mbeta said.
Hearing of the case continues today when Alfandika will be cross-examined by lawyers representing UTM.