By Malawi Freedom Network
“My Lady, My Lords,” The Much Anticipated High Profile Presidential Elections Case Begins: The Nation Is Following
High interest of Malawians in both urban and rural places one could think of has now been projected to the constitutional court in Lilongwe where the presidential elections dispute case has commenced on Thursday, August 8, 2019 and will run for twelve working days before judgement is passed.
Court business started with the court throwing away Attorney General’s (AG) application to adjourn the case for another six days on the basis that his clients need to go through case files.
Grassroot Malawians following the court proceedings through the radio
The AG, Kalekeni Kaphale said the six days of perusing through the files were necessary because lawyers of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Dr Lazurus Chakwera and President of UTM Party, Dr. Saulos Chilima had dropped the files late on the night of Wednesday, August 7.
He further claimed that, some of the files were poorly packaged without any of the most required explanation or narrative.
However, court rejected the application saying, the reasons given were not satisfactory because court had before hand given state lawyers enough time to handle the particular exercise.
The court has therefore given AG the six days to read and respond to sworn statements by the MCP President.
The AG will therefore be required to start responding in court on Monday, August 12.
In what can be described as normal circumstances, when court had sat on July 25, it had planned that court should meet for 10 days but now the dates have been extended to 12 days.
There is a panel of five learned Judges to hear the case namely, Justice Ivy Potani, Justice Sunduzwayo Madise, Justice Michael Tembo, Justice Dr. Kapindu with Justice Healy Potani chairing the panel.
The case is which has seen the UTM leader, Saulos Chilima cross examined by the AG continues on the next day Friday.
According to plan which Justice Healy Potani has communicated in court, the case will be starting at 8:30 in the morning then break for lunch at 12:00 noon, resume in the afternoon at 2:00 pm and stop at 5:00 pm.
The Chairperson of the panel took the opportunity to warn the media houses, which court has granted permission to broadcast the court proceedings live on radio that court will never hestate to revote the permission if they abuse their rights.
The radios which have been granted permission to cover live the court proceedings are Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Times Media Group, Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) and Malawi Broafcasting Cooperation (MBC) Radio 1.
At The Onset Of High Profile Presidential Elections Case