Malawi elections twist, Chilima team withdraws all his 34 remaining witness, “interest of an expedited trial”.

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Malawi elections twist, Chilima team withdraws all his 34 remaining witness, “interest of an expedited trial”

A constitutional Court in Lilongwe took a dramatic turn with former vice president Saulos Chilima withdrawing all his 34 remaining witnesses.

Chilima lawyers told the court that the decision was done in the interest of an expedited trial.

Meanwhile president Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has demanded costs from Chilima as they invested on research and prepared for the case based on sworn statements.

Frank Mbeta for Mutharika and Tamando Chokotho for MEC, on one side, and Silungwe on the other side, submitted on why they should be paid costs or why they should not be ordered to pay costs and the court has reserved its ruling to a later date.

The court was ready to start hearing the second petitioner’s testimony, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful, Lazarus Chakwera, but the parties, with endorsement of the court, collectively agreed that the case be adjourned to Tuesday next week to give them ample time prepare.

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