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Constitutional Court gives new direction on presidential election case

Written by  MBC Online

The Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe earlier Friday  guided parties to the Presidential election case to isolate facts that are not in dispute to ensure speedy completion and disposal of the matter.

Lawyer Frank Mbeta in earlier court appearances Lawyer Frank Mbeta in earlier court appearances

“The case having been heard for about 4.5 days, the court guides that supplementary checklist be filed with the court by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday August 20.”

The Court also guided that cross examination of witnesses be done only upon filing notice to cross examine a witness. The notice should also clearly indicate paragraphs on which questions will be asked and even name of witnesses.

It was further heard that the court is against repetitive questions by a party conducting cross examination where same questions were asked by previous party conducting cross examination.

In the case of objections that are abrassive , the court said they will be dismissed summarily.

“Only valid objections will be entertained and dealt with accordingly by the court.”

When the court commenced hearing the case earlier Friday, UTM leader Saulosi Chilima was cross examined by lawyer Frank Mbeta who is representing President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in the ongoing case.

Mbeta grilled Chilima in a number of areas from his sworn statement. During cross examination, Mbeta also tendered in court some pictures and wanted to find out if the UTM leader is in the know that his monitors were found with such suspicious gadgets but Chilima declined knowing anything to that effect.


Hearing continues.

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