By Malawi Freedom Network
AG Kaphale, UTM’s Chilima,Toe To Toe In The Constitutional Court As Cross Examination Reveals MEC Used Fake Documents
The intense cross examination in the ongoing high profile presidential elections case has revealed, that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) had in the gone by voting and results gathering exercise used fake documents with the first petitioner, Saulos Klaus Chilima who is also the UTM Party President suggesting that, “It shouldn’t be anyone’s fault because we should not discuss fake documents.”
On Tuesday, at the height of cross examination, Chilima pointed out, that page document 291 is fake and dublicate.
On why did Chilima preferred to use the word “fake” as the Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale wanted to know from the first petitioner, Chilima said: “My Lady my Lords, original tally sheets, on the top left hand side, where there is bar code is supposed to be a number onto which has district name, constituency name and code and polling station code and name already printed. The document on page 291, the bar code has number both in digits and letters and the name of polling station in the centre is in ink as well as names of presidential candidates; unlike with previous page 290 where although not ligible, the digits below bar code, the first two digits, 07, representing Kasungu district, the next 3 digits 036 for constituency Kasungu West and last 5 digits 07081 that is the code for polling station and it should be printed in ink as were told when materials were brought in from Dubai.”
However, amid concerns of moving at a slow pace from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawyers, the AG who in
the case is representing MEC, has so far taken 4 days to cross examine the first petitioner and according to the AG Wednesday, August 14 could be the last day for him to have Chilima in the witness box.
On Tuesday, court chirped in to establish that it has powers to stop cross examining whenever it seems it neccessary.
Once the AG winds up cross examining Chilima, all eyes will now turn on the second petitioner, the MCP President Lazarus Chakwera who will toe it out with Kaphale.
The high profile presidential case has attracted a lot of interest both nationally and internationally with Malawi remaining on the global spotlight after headlines world over portrayed Malawi as a nation that interestingly allowed a tipp-exed election.