via Komichi trial fails to resume | The Herald October 18, 2013
The trial of MDC–T chief elections agent Morgan Komichi, who is facing charges of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act failed to resume yesterday, the second time this week. The prosecutor Mr Michael Mugabe sought the postponement to today on the basis that the court was overwhelmed with other cases.
“Your worship today the court is overwhelmed. There are various matters before you therefore it is unlikely that this matter will proceed today. We pray that the matter be postponed to tomorrow (today) for continuation of this trial,” he said.
The magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe agreed with the State and deferred the trial to today. Komichi was arrested on July 28 on allegations of misrepresenting to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission that he had “picked up” from a dust bin, a sealed tamper-proof envelope with a special vote ballot paper at the Harare International Conference Centre.
Komichi allegedly approached Zec deputy director of public relations Mr Tendai Pamire and told him that an unnamed person informed him that they had picked an envelope from a dustbin at the HICC where the special vote was being processed.
He further alleged that he had opened it out of curiosity and discovered that there were ballot papers cast by the police in favour of MDC-T by Constable Mugove Chiginya.
The commission reported the matter to the police and investigations showed that Cst Chiginya had failed to vote in the special voting exercise.