UTM lawyer bemoans election case pace

Second phase of the hearing of the May 21 polls case enters its second day today.  

Objections and interjections continued to drag the case on Tuesday.

The court reconvened on Tuesday after a ten-day recess and continued with cross-examination of the second witness, Miriam Gwalidi, who was a UTM roving monitor during the elections.

But during cross examination on Tuesday, there were a number of objections from the first petitioner’s side in regards to the line of questioning from lawyers representing the Malawi Electoral commission (MEC).

Lawyer representing Dr. Saulos Chilima, Khumbo Soko, said they are worried with the pace considering that the nation is at standstill waiting for the outcome.

Soko said: “The pace at which we are going continues to be a cause for concern and we have already raised this before the court because we think that it is important for this matter to be resolved with expedition.”

But on a different view, Lawyer representing MEC, Tamando Chokhotho, said they are not worried with the pace at which the case is taking, since the nature of the case demands a thorough examination.

Leaders of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM, Lazarus Chakwera and Saulosi Chilima respectively, are challenging the outcome of the results of May 21 polls.

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