MDC MP arrested for providing false address to Zec

HARARE - Mount Pleasant MDC Member of Parliament Samuel Banda was yesterday arraigned in court over allegations of presenting a false residential address to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).

Banda allegedly provided the false address during the National Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise in December last year.

Using the alleged false address, Banda contested for the Mt Pleasant House of Assembly seat and won.

He is being charged with” making a false statement or fact in any claim or application for registration to vote knowing the statement to be false” as defined in the Electoral Act.

Banda was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who remanded him out of custody to December 3 on condition that he pays $50 bail.

Mugwagwa ordered Banda not to interfere with State witnesses and continue residing at his given address.

It is the State’s case that on December 28 last year and during the BVR exercise, Banda allegedly misrepresented to Zec that he was residing in Mt Pleasant in order for him to register as a voter in that constituency whilst he did not reside there.

It is alleged that Banda went on depose an affidavit of residence for voter registration to Zec’s Commissioner of Oaths purporting to be residing at in Mt Pleasant.

It is the state’s case that through the misrepresentation, Banda registered as a voter in the constituency where he contested as an MP and eventually won.

Comments (4)

By default Fadzai Mahere should be the MP for the Mount Pleasant area.

LINDA TAVENER - 13 November 2018

Fo interest sake, does it mean all Zanu PF bigwigs who represent rural constituencies actually stay there? I know Chinotimba stays in Mabelreign but is legislator for Buhera. Philip Chiyangwa and his sidekick Omega Sibanda are Mps for Zvimba and Vungu respectively. What does the law actually say about this scenario. One again poor unbalanced article from our degreed reporters.

Samaita Dube - 14 November 2018

Kikiki iyo haaiwine. Ana Chinotimba nana Omega vanoenda vovaka danga rehuku pamusha paBaba vavo vobva vati tiri vana vekuno. Chitupa chinenge chakanzi Chiyangwa Village kwaasati amborara except pamafunerals chete. Sabhuku anosaina kuti mwana wemuno zvapera atova neaddress.

MWANAWACHO - 14 November 2018

Dzimwe nyaya dzinongosimbirwa ne mapurisa emuno,itb really shows they are used in zani pf's political fights.Tsvee kusunga mbavha dzakafararira mu zanu pf dzita kuti nyika idhakwe kwave kuti tatara tatara ne nyaya dzisina nemusoro wese.Shame maningi.Ingava nyaya iyoyo.Why did the people voted for them if they knew kuti haagare ikoko?Nyaraiwo ma rukaz e zanu pf

janana wa Bikaz madhogodhogo - 14 November 2018

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