Eight charged with election-related offences

HARARE - Eight people were yesterday hauled before the courts for election-related offences.

Malvern Maketshemu, 33, Morris Nhamo Mhlanga, 23, are being accused of inciting people to vote for MDC while John Zengeni, 22, is being charged for impersonation after he allegedly tried to use his brother’s national identity to vote.

The trio appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma.

On July 31, Zengeni allegedly went to a polling station to cast his vote using his brother’s national identity card and a voter’s slip.

It is alleged he presented the particulars to the polling officers who then discovered that the particulars were not his, leading to his arrest.

On the same date, Mhlanga allegedly proceeded to Budiriro 3 Primary School to cast his vote. While in the queue, it is claimed he said, “Sekuru wangu vakura ngavaende kumusha. (My uncle is old and should go home).”

Beauty Maenzanise, 36, Nobosi Chamukwira, 42, and Kudakwashe Mufari,43, appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with dropping MDC ‘Cross Over’ rally flyers at a polling station.

The court heard that on July 31, the trio dropped leaflets and three more pamphlets with Harare North parliamentary aspirant Theresa Makone, the council candidate and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai on an open space at Donnybrooke Manresa Mabvuku polling station.

It is the State’s case that Zanu PF electoral agent Gift Takundwa raised alarm that the three were campaigning within 100- metres of a polling station, in contravention of the Electoral Act.

In another related matter, Annah Bvute and Phillip Mabika are alleged to have concealed the voters’ roll for Budiriro Ward 43.

Allegations are that on July 30 Bvute was asked to check a mix-up of names in the roll by chief elections officer for Budiriro, Tauyanarwo Makuza.

Bvute was allegedly given the roll while in the company of Jonathan Gandiya and John Zukwa, who are also election agents.

After being given the instruction, Mabika allegedly joined Bvute and together, they allegedly destroyed the roll without telling Makuza why they had done so.

Zengeni was remanded in custody to Monday for sentencing while Mhlanga, Maketshemu, Bvute , Mabika, Maenzanise, Chamhukirwa and Mufari were also remanded in custody to the same date for bail ruling by their respective magistrates.

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