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set to begin community service Monday
Zulu, VOA News
November 09, 2013
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the past 110 days in jail for allegedly tampering with a ballot
paper during the
July 31 national election, the MDC-T deputy national chairperson,
Morgen Komichi, begins his 350 hours of community service at Mabelreign
Clinic Monday following his failure Friday to have his sentence
suspended pending a High Court appeal.
Magistrate Tendai Mahwe threw Komichi’s application out saying
the MDC-T leader was wasting the court’s time. Komichi, who
was former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s election agent
in the July elections, was on Thursday found guilty of criminally
obtaining a ballot paper which he allegedly marked, sealed and reopened
in a bid to discredit the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the
elections, according to the state.
Komichi, who maintains he’s innocent, told VOA he will begin
his sentence Monday.
“It does not mean that I’m guilty,” said Komichi.
“We are still proceeding with the appeal process in the higher
courts and hope that things will turn our way.”
Komichi said his 110-day stint in jail was the worst experience
of his life, adding conditions remain appalling.
“I want to thank God Almighty for sending the Holy Spirit
to look after me because many people in Zanu-PF wanted me dead,”
said Komichi in an interview. “But I was well protected and
managed to come out alive.”
Asked what he thought about the alleged lack of support from his
colleagues in the MDC during his time in jail, Komichi said ‘people
should know that those who are in jail need to love from those outside
to survive. It is very important’.
The MDC-T’s deputy national chairperson says the justice ministry
should revamp the Chikurubi Maximum Prison. He says the facility
is sending people to the grace early due to appalling conditions.
“Changes need to be effected if lives are to be saved,”
said Komichi. “The food is bad, the toilets don’t flush,
the blankets are old and dusty resulting in people contracting all
sorts of diseases, in particular TB. It is bad and people die because
Komichi was this week sentenced to 350 hours of community service
after being found guilty of fraud and contravening the country’s
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