The Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe is today expected to host eleven witnesses from the first petitioner in the ongoing election case United Transformation Movement (UTM) leader Saulos Chilima.

This is according to the agreement between the court and the first petitioner through his legal team.

Chikosa Silungwe: UTM Lawyer

One of Chilima’s lawyers, Chikosa Silungwe, Wednesday said, going forward, they would be bringing the remaining 34 witnesses who are monitors, in batches.

According to Silungwe, most of the witnesses will be paraded to confirm a few areas taking into account the election petition and their evidence on the matter

“What the court has directed is that we should as much as possible bring in as many witnesses as we can. The witnesses for tomorrow are coming to confirm a specific point. We will see how the proceedings will go,” he said.

Chairperson of the panel of judges, Healey Potani, said they expected to finish the process of cross-examination of all witnesses of Chilima by Friday.

Silungwe, however, in an interview mentioned Tuesday next week as an ideal period when the witnesses would be out of the witness box.

Since the onset of the case on August 8 2019, Chilima has paraded four primary witnesses in the case, which include, himself the petitioner, Miriam Gwalidi the roving monitor, Darlington Ndasauka team leader and Bright Kawaga UTM deputy director of campaign.

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