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sentences ZimRights officials over fake voter reg slips
Gweshe, The Zimbabwean
August 27, 2013
officials, convicted of manufacturing fake voter registration slips,
were sentenced today by Harare Magistrate, Donald Ndirowei.
The first and second
accused persons, Tatenda Chinaka and Farai Bhani were sentenced
to 24 months imprisonment each with 12 months of the sentence being
suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
The remaining 12 months
were suspended as well on condition that the two perform 380 hours
of community service each.
The third accused person,
Dorcas Shereni, who is the ZimRights Highfield Chapter Chairperson,
was ordered to pay a fine of $1 000 or face a 12 month jail term.
She was given up to August
30 to pay her fine. Shereni’s sentence was arrived at after
the Court considered that she walked with the aid of crutches and
was therefore not capable of doing community service.
The three were
facing forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud charges
or publishing false statements prejudicial to the state.
It was the state’s
case that the three allegedly produced fake copies of voters’
registration certificates between May and December last year, in
a bid to defraud the Registrar General.
According to the State,
they allegedly used false names to complete the registration forms.
It was alleged Bhani registered as a voter in May last year and
acquired a certificate of registration, which the ZimRights officials
allegedly used to create several fake ones.
ZimRights Director, Okay
Machisa and the organisation’s Programmes Manager, Leo Chamahwinya,
were acquitted of the charges in June at the close of the State
Shereni was represented
by lawyer, Trust Maanda, Bhani by Tonderai Bhatasara while Chinaka
was represented by Tavengwa Musara.
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