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chief elections agent arrested over binned ballots
Moyo, SW Radio Africa
On Monday MDC-T
leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s elections chief Morgan Komichi
was hauled before a Harare court for raising the alarm over dumped
arrested Sunday after
he handed in an envelope containing ballot papers found dumped in
a dustbin following the Special Vote on July 14th-16th.
the MDC-T, Komichi received a tip off from an unnamed person who
had retrieved the ballots from a bin at the Harare International
Conference Centre, which was the ballot processing centre.
were then handed over to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)
which confirmed the authenticity of the papers.
matter took another turn Sunday when ZEC queried the credibility
of Komichi’s version of what happened, leading to the polling
issues, ZEC says Komichi delayed in passing the ballots on to its
chief elections officer, and that he opened the tamper-proof envelope.
Komichi is now
under pressure from both ZEC and the police to reveal the identity
of the person who blew the whistle on the binned ballots, which
he refuses to do.
Commissioner Charity Charamba has already said that, “as long
as he refuses to disclose the identity of this person, the police
will hold him accountable therefore he becomes the prime suspect.”
On Monday, a
heavily guarded Komichi appeared at Rotten Row Magistrates’
Courts in Harare, charged with fraud and violating the Electoral
Act by tampering with a ballot paper. His lawyer, Tarisai Mutangi,
said his team will be applying for bail Tuesday.
the charge, with MDC-T officials accusing the Commission of launching
a witch-hunt meant to aid Zanu-PF’s vote-rigging plot.
organising secretary Nelson Chamisa told the press soon after Komichi’s
arrest that ZEC should instead focus on the issue of the dumped
“We believe that it is not Senator Komichi but ZEC, which
has questions to answer. If there is any investigation to be made,
the theatre of investigations should be ZEC.”
He added: “For
us these developments demonstrate a perforation of the integrity
of Zanu-PF, (which) wants to undermine the will of the people.”
Douglas Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa Monday that Komichi’s
crime was exposing ZEC and “telling the truth”.
got an anonymous tip-off concerning the dumped ballots and made
a follow-up. We then discovered that the voter had voted for Morgan
Tsvangirai as the presidential candidate.
exposed this to ZEC as well as the press, and that is why he has
been arrested. Now they are accusing the MDC-T of dramatising the
situation, yet we discovered something very irregular with the voting
the direction in which the investigation was moving proved that
the police were using diversionary tactics to avoid dealing with
the key issue of vote-rigging.
He added that
the arrest of their key candidate’s chief election agent,
three days before the poll, will not derail the MDC-T’s goal
of unseating Zanu-PF.
is fear within Zanu-PF as we go into the election. They have tried
using hate language against Morgan Tsvangirai, they have tried distorting
his message, tried diverting our supporters to their own rallies,
used intimidation, and now they have arrested his agent. But all
these tactics have failed, and will continue to fail.”
the MDC-T is keen to hear what the election observers from both
the African Union and the Southern African Development Community
had to say about dumped ballots, as well as Komichi’s arrest.
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