Komichi trial: State closes case

HARARE - The State has closed its case in the matter in which MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi is accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act.

During trial, Muchadehama said Komichi’s bail dismissals were premeditated because he had been told by police officers that he would never get bail.

“Even before he (Komichi) came to court, when he came to room 93 at CID you and your officers told him he was never going to get bail,” said Muchadehama.

Makadenge denied the allegation and said the police were professional and would never say that.

The defence opened its case and called their first witness Komichi to testify.

Komichi narrated his relations with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission before elections to the time of his arrest on July 28 this year.

Prosecutor Michael Mugabe has so far led seven witnesses in the case.

Muchadehama claims Zec failed to handle the July election process, resulting in some ballot papers going missing.

Allegations are that on July 25 at Harare International Conference Centre, Komichi approached Tendayi Pamire asking to have an audience with Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau after a ballot envelope was found in a rubbish bin outside the command centre.

The State alleges that Komichi accused Zec of destroying ballot papers belonging to members of the uniformed forces who voted for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC.

According to State papers, the envelope belonged to Constable Mugove Chiginya, a police officer who is supposed to have voted for the MDC in the Southerton Constituency.

The court heard that Chiginya, however failed to vote during the special voting period.

Comments (4)

I think Zimbabwe is millions of miles from a functional social system. We have four evils that have managed to develop deep roots. First, subreption, a situation in which state institutions, by hegemony, are controlled to serve the needs of the few and not many. Second, emulation, a situation in which all state institutions compete to please the big political actors. Third, contamination, a process by which various institutions leave their mandates to play in the shadow of those that are perceived as politically scoring best. Lastly, mystification, a process by which political process are mystified by the rhetoric of colonialism and regime change. I think institutions of justice must do their work. Institutions of order must do their work. Politics must be politics and end there. ZEC has been a shameful and painful sore on Zimbabwean social life and it remains so. It is not that ZANU PF or MDC wins etc but constitutional mandates must be fulfilled honestly and competently.

Marire Marire - 19 October 2013

Is this surely a case where someone would be denied bail? Just courts instructed to punish political opponents. Does this make us look good to the world. Masimirembwa who was figured by the president is scot free where $ 6, 000, 000.00 is involved but this guy wether rightly or wrongly he tempered with a ballot paper he is being persecuted. Nikuv and Zanupf tempered with voters roll and ballots but they are celebrating. Shame on you

fanyana morongwe - 20 October 2013

The justice system in Zimbabwe is very sick. It is sick because it has been staffed with Zanu pf smphathizers. A justice system that is blotted with political appointees will never be fair. What is it that Morgan Komichi has done? Thus so sick for system with agent cases to look into but only to be busy dragging and tossing around with somebody innocent. Thousands of Zanu pf thugs and killers have gone free when in actual fact the had committed grave offences. Plz Godfrey and your gang leave the bench for partial people to take over.

Gushungo Matibiri - 20 October 2013

Makedenge says the police is professional, prove it? Every citizen is afraid of the police. Kana tikbirwa tavekungoisa hedu report tichiziva kuti zvatopera. Makedenge your organisation stopped to be professional a long time ago I don't know how you cannot see it, or maybe what is called professionalism by sane people has eluded you.

Maita Manyuka - 21 October 2013

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