Exit Chilima, Enter Gwalidi

Chilima (middle) in a previous court appearance with Silungwe (left) - File photo Chilima (middle) in a previous court appearance with Silungwe (left) - File photo

Lawyers have finished examining UTM President Saulos Chilima who is first petitioner in the ongoing elections case and have started cross examining second witness, Miriam Gwalidi.

Gwalidi was a roving monitor for UTM during the May 21, 2019 tripartite elections.

Chilima spent eight days in the witness box during cross examination and re-examination when lawyers for first respondent, Peter Mutharika and second respondent, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), asked him questions.

Chilima’s lawyer, Dr. Chikosa Silungwe, finished asking him questions in the re-examination on Wednesday afternoon, saying he was impressed with the way his client responded to questions.

“The first petitioner’s case remains intact. Today, we have moved to the second witness for the first petitioner as we continue to build the first petitioner’s case,” he said.

Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, representing MEC, started cross examining Gwalidi with focus on, among other areas, alterations on results sheets, use of duplicate forms and role of monitors during the elections.

Kaphale was on a number of occasions restricted from repeating questions that were already asked when he cross examined Chilima.

Earlier, after adopting her sworn statement, Gwalidi asked the court for amendments to her statement, halting the cross examination for some minutes but later proceeded with the corrected documents.

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