The High Court seating in the capital Lilongwe has dismissed an application by the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale to adjourn the proceeding of the ongoing case where Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and United Transformation Movement (UTM) President Dr. Saulos Chilima are disputing the outcome of the May 21 polls.

In the morning, Kaphale requested for six days of adjournment to allow him and his team “read and understands new materials served on them from the 1st petitioner, UTM leader Saulos Chilima.

Kaphale said the new material was served a day before the trial hence the request for adjournment.

Delivering the ruling on Thursday afternoon, a panel of 5 judges namely Ivy Kamanga, Healey Potani, Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu and Dingiswayo Madise dismissed the application, saying the adjournment is unnecessary.

The Judges then gave the Attorney General this weekend instead of the requested 6 days to read and respond to sworn statements by the MCP President.

The development means the Presidential case is proceeding and UTM President Dr. Saulos Chilima is being cross-examined.

More details to follow…

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