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court exonerates alleged elections fraudsters
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
September 20, 2013
A Harare Magistrate
has set free two MDC-T members, Anna Bvute and Phillip Mabika, who
were arrested and charged with destroying the country’s roll
of registered voters on the eve of the July
31 2013 disputed elections.
Bvute and Mabika,
who acted as the MDC-T party’s chief election agent and election
agent for Budiriro constituency in Harare were arrested on 30 July
2013, just a day before Zimbabweans cast their votes in the harmonized
elections which the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) later proclaimed
President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party as victors.
Bvute and Mabika
were accused of stealing a voters’ roll from Tauyanarwo Makuza,
the Budiriro constituency elections officer. The Zimbabwe Republic
Police even had the audacity to convene a press conference where
they issued a press statement on 31 July claiming that duo had committed
the offence with the intention of discrediting ZEC and the electoral
Magistrate Tendai Mahwe on Friday 20 September 2013 acquitted the
MDC-T election agents after ruling that State prosecutors had failed
to establish a prima facie case against the duo. The acquittal of
Bvute and Mabika came after their lawyer Charles Kwaramba of Mbidzo,
Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners applied for discharge
at the close of the State’s case on the basis that the State
had failed to prove that the election agents had committed an offence
during the first stage of their trial.
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