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wants to cover-up fraud
Helen Kadirire, Daily News
September 25, 2013
the MDC chief elections officer, alleged yesterday Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (Zec) officials crafted an offence leading to his arrest.
in July, accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral
This was after
he presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), a ballot
paper that was allegedly picked from a dustbin at the Harare International
Conference Centre (HICC), the electoral body’s command centre.
the court during cross examination by prosecutor Michael Mugabe
that when a meeting was convened to present the ballot paper envelopes
issue, Zec hatched a plan to get him arrested.
a plan to implicate me in a crime I did not commit.
I got to the meeting they started going through Electoral Act documents
and internet looking for an offence they would label against me,”
found a section where being in possession of open ballot paper was
an offence and connived to get me arrested. They knew that since
I was alone against their numbers it would be my word against them
even if the matter was to be heard in court.”
Komichi’s delay in alerting Zec about the issue and said the
latter was “scheming to discredit Zec and the elections”.
the papers on July 23 and managed to address the issue with Zec
on July 25 because I had other urgent matters to attend in Mutare,”
Komichi shot back.
didn’t want the matter discussed on the phone because it was
it would not have helped us as a party to do anything malicious.
Everything that I did was in good faith.”
he was surprised when a meeting was later convened to discuss the
issue after top government officials were called in.
I was called for a meeting I was surprised to see Makarau in the
company of commissioner Gambe, Sekeramayi, Mutemasango, Chidhakuza
and many others,” he said.
His lawyer Alec
Muchadehama claims Zec failed to handle the July election process,
resulting in some ballot papers going missing.
are that on July 25 at HICC, Komichi approached Tendayi Pamire asking
to have an audience with Zec chairperson Rita Makarau after a ballot
envelope was found in a rubbish bin outside the command centre.
The State alleges
that Komichi accused Zec of destroying ballot papers of members
of the uniformed forces who voted for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led
State papers, the envelope belonged to Constable Mugove Chiginya,
a police officer supposed to have voted for the MDC in the Southerton
The court heard
Chiginya, however, failed to vote during the special voting period.
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