Komichi trial postponed to October 28th

The trial of MDC-T elections agent Morgan Komichi was on Friday postponed to October 28th, during which witnesses are expected to give their accounts.

Morgan Komich
Morgan Komich

Komichi’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama told SW Radio Africa that the cross examination of his client ended Friday and the case was postponed, pending the calling in of witnesses.

Komichi was arrested on July 28th on allegations that he had tampered with an envelope containing ballot papers that were allegedly picked up from a rubbish bin.

A Friday News Day report said the state continued this week with its accusations that Komichi sought to discredit the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

According to the report, prosecutor Michael Mugabe asked Komichi on Thursday why it took him two days to hand over the envelope to ZEC after he received it from his informant Michael Phiri.

In response Komichi is reported to have said that on July 24th he had ‘important meetings’ in Mutare hence he could not have handed the papers to ZEC on that day. Komichi received the ballot papers on 23rd July and handed them over to ZEC on 25th July.

The report said Komichi had earlier on told the court that he received the ballot papers from Phiri who also claimed to have received the papers from an unnamed person who had picked them out of a rubbish bin.

Komichi is also reported to have told the prosecution that his Mutare meetings were just as ‘urgent’ to him as submitting the recovered documents to ZEC.

Quizzed why did not call ZEC before his trip to Mutare, Komichi said he did not want to cause panic within the electoral body and also he was not comfortable with discussing the matter on the phone.

Komichi and the MDC-T deny that he sought to discredit ZEC. They maintain that Komichi responded to an anonymous tip-off that some ballot papers had been dumped in a rubbish bin at the Harare International Conference Centre.

On Thursday Komichi told the court that when he handed the papers over to ZEC he wanted the ZEC Chairperson (Justice Rita Makarau) ‘to establish whether or not they were authentic’ and to establish how they ended up in the bin. – SW Radio Africa

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