Komichi bail ruling set for August 26

HARARE - Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chief election officer Morgen Komichi yesterday made another bail application citing changing circumstances, but ruling on his fresh application will be handed down on August 26.

His defence counsel Charles Kwaramba said since elections were over and the president-elect was due for swearing-in, the court should reconsider Komichi’s plea to be released from remand prison so that he can be tried from home.

Kwaramba said since there was no longer a likelihood of public despondency which was cited as the main concern, Komichi should be released.

“There was relative tranquility throughout the election period with no public disorder as they might have anticipated,” Kwaramba said.

“We believe that since all that has come to pass; I pray that he be released on bail.”

State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba however opposed bail arguing that investigations were still underway and Komichi was likely to interfere with witnesses.

Magistrate Anita Tshuma set his bail ruling for August 26 and his trial date for August 27.

Komichi, 49, is being charged with fraud and contravening the Electoral Act after he presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), a ballot paper he had found in a dustbin at the HICC National Command Centre.

Allegations are that on July 25 at HICC, Komichi approached Tendayi Pamire asking to have an audience with Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau after he had found a ballot envelope in a rubbish bin outside the Command Centre.

Komichi alleged that Zec was destroying ballot papers of members of the uniformed forces who voted for Tsvangirai and his MDC party.

The said envelope 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 Chiginya did not vote during the specified 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 police at his Bluffhill home.

Comments (3)

Komichi you now want bail you should rot in prison until Tsvangirai is President so that he will unlock Chikurubi Prison you predicated his win in your dream saka zviroto zvichagara zviri zviroto ramba uchirota kuti Tsvangirai achauya kuzo kutora kubva kujeri.

Colonel - 17 August 2013

ana komichi maiziva kuti hapana chenyu we dont expect such type of behaviour from a senior person like you idyai mari dzema NGO maka chenjera how can you win an election when the chief election officer is so stupid like this komichi cup rudzii? i wonder"

dovi - 17 August 2013

Colonel & dovi if there is a case let it be heard in court and remember a person is innocent until proven guilty and in this case you will see glaring selfish application of the law from a Zanufied nation. Even you guys writing/commenting on this site have been Zanufied to an extent that an arrested person is guilty until he proves his innocence, what a shame. On thing for sure is Zanu did not do its homework properly hence these arbitrary arrests otherwise if they really won the elction they can go ahead and start giving what they promised and got elected for. Komichi is very innocent and I bet my life he will be released without any case or trial./

Qawe laMaqawe - 18 August 2013

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