Chakwera finishes Cross-examination

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, who is the second petitioner in the elections case, Monday finished the cross-examination process.

Chakwera was cross-examined by President Peter Mutharika’s counsel Frank Mbeta and then re-examined by MCP lawyer Mordecai Msisha.

Dr Lazarus Chakwera

The Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe made an order limiting cross-examination time to ensure that the elections case concludes in time.

The court has ordered that the first respondent —Mutharika’s—lawyer should cross-examine the second petitioner for one court day only and that the second petitioner (Mec) counsel shall have the right to re-examine Chakwera for a maximum of three hours.

The court also ordered that other witnesses should be cross- examined for a maximum of two hours.

The case resumed Monday after a seven-day break with Mbeta cross-examining Chakwera.

Among other things, Mbeta questioned why Chakwera had taken an oath for a parliamentary seat when he is challenging May 21 tripartite elections results.

In his response, Chakwera said he was challenging presidential results and not parliamentary results.

Mbeta finalised cross-examining Chakwera in the afternoon. Msisha then started re-examining the MCP party president.

Msisha asked Chakwera why he thought it necessary to petition the court regarding the case at hand.

In response, Chakwera said such is the case because his team noted that some results sheets were not matching with the results given at the main tally centre.

“This is because the information I gathered from my monitors is that they observed that results at the main tally centre and those results sheets that came from some of the voting stations were not matching. They also discovered that there were a lot of tippe-xed results sheets,” Chakwera said.

Msisha finalised re-examining Chakwera at around 3:40pm

In an interview, Msisha said he was happy that Chakwera has done a good job.

On his part, Mbeta said they were satisfied that Chakwera had told the court what they wanted to establish.