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Helen Kadirire, Daily News
October 09, 2013
The trial of
detained MDC chief elections officer, Morgen Komichi, has been postponed
to October 15.
Michael Mugabe yesterday gave the court notice that he had travelled
out of the country and would only be available next week.
The State has
so far led six witnesses who can neither confirm nor deny that Komichi
is responsible for allegedly opening the trashed ballot paper.
lawyer Alec Muchadehama has also suggested to some of the witnesses
that their evidence is rehearsed as it is identical.
has also indicated to the court that the witness statements provided
to the police and that given in court were conflicting.
are that on July 25 at HICC, Komichi approached Tendayi Pamire asking
to have an audience with Justice Rita Makarau after he had found
a ballot envelope in a rubbish bin outside the command centre.
that Zec was destroying ballot papers of members of the uniformed
forces who voted for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC.
The said envelope
that was picked by Komichi is alleged to have belonged to Constable
Mugove Chiginya, a police officer supposed to have voted for the
MDC in his Southerton Constituency.
The court heard
that Chiginya however, failed
to vote during the special voting period and surrendered an
SV2 form to his superiors to indicate that.
On July 26,
Chiginya’s finger was examined using an ultra-violet light
detector and no traces of voting ink were detected.
On July 28,
Komichi was arrested by the police at his Bluff Hill home.
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