By Malawi Freedom Network
UTM Witness Alleges President Mutharika Was Advantaged By Electoral Process
In a revised sworn statement on Monday, September 9, 2019, witness of UTM Party, Darlington Ndasauka sparked legal fight when he alleged that President Peter Mutharika was advantaged by the electoral process.
Lawyer representing UTM in the case, Bright Theu, conceeded that his side overlooked the need to ask for court permission for witness Darlington Ndasauka to use a revised sworn-statement.
One of the judges in the panel of judges hearing the case, Justice Tembo, ordered that the revised sworn statement for Ndasauka will not be allowed to be used in the case as no permission was sought from the court and that, Lawyers lawyers representing Malawi Electral Commission (MEC) had already cross-examined the witness without reference to the revised document.
The attorney representing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Frank Mbeta pushed hard to demonstrate that some errors made during computation of presidential election results could actually have advantaged candidates such as Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and not necessarily President Peter Mutharika.
Meanwhile, the constitutional court has ordered an investigation of Makwete who is witness for MEC on perjury charges over failure by the electoral body to disclose Log tables
It is reported that Makwete’s sworn statement, which was presented to the court, is aimed at giving false information to the court.
The embattled electoral body, MEC is said to have failed to submit log table results when ordered by the constitutional court as demanded by MCP.
The Presidential Elections case continues on Tuesday, September 10 following an adjournment.