Court dismisses two applications by SKC legal team

The Constitution Court hearing the ongoing electoral case has thrown out an application by UTM president’s counsel asking the court to remove an interpreter and consider the rule of limiting cross examination.

According to one of the Saulosi Chilima’s lawyers, Khumbo Soko, the interpreter is missing some jargons and that the process is time consuming.

In addition, the first petitioner argued that the court should limit cross examination process because the case has many witnesses, which amount to close to 800.

Soko told YFM in an interview that their application for limiting cross examination was based on time consideration.

“If we do not control how those witnesses are going to be cross examined, this trial is going to take us forever, and I don’t think that’s going to be in the interest of anybody in the country, people want this process done with and resolved as soon as possible,” argued Soko.

On Friday, the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale continued cross examining the first petitioner Saulosi Chilima.

Kaphale told YFM in an interview that he has given Chilima an assignment to bring some files on Monday in order to extradite the hearing of the case.

“I don’t want to spend time trying to go through lots of documents fishing out material that he can easily work on over the weekend and bring to court. That proposal that I did was for the sake of speeding the proceedings on Monday and the court agreed with me in that approach,” said Kaphale.

The court is set to continue cross examining the first petitioner on Monday afternoon.

Both UTM president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera are challenging the May 21 presidential poll results.

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