‘I touched a raw nerve’ on ZANU PF rigging says Komichi

via ‘I touched a raw nerve’ on ZANU PF rigging says Komichi | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda   November 11, 2013

Senator Morgan Komichi, the MDC-T’s deputy national chairman, has said he ‘touched a raw nerve’ when he exposed the way ZANU PF was going to rig the July 31st elections.

Komichi was last week sentenced to 350 hours of community service after being found guilty of fraud and contravening the country’s electoral laws. He spent 100 days locked up at the Chikurubi maximum security prison during his incarceration.

The senator was arrested in July on two charges of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act, after he was given stray ballot papers found in a bin at the Harare International Conference Centre and handed them over to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials. The ballot papers were to be used during the special vote in the run up to the 31 July elections.

Komichi, who lost his appeal against both conviction and sentence told SW Radio Africa on Monday that his conscience is clear that he did not commit any crime. He accused ZANU PF of practising ‘politics of hatred.’

The senator claimed the ruling party used him as an example so that no one in future will have the guts to expose electoral rigging.

‘ZANU PF fabricated the whole thing to fix me because I exposed their rigging machinery before the elections. I must have touched a raw nerve judging by the way the system came down hard on me,’ he said.

He continued: ‘I’m actually at peace with myself because nothing was ever proven that I committed any fraud or contravened the electoral laws. What they did was to shoot the messenger.’

Komichi pointed to the fact that even during his trial ZEC officials gave conflicting testimonies and wondered how the courts came to the conclusion that he was guilty.

‘As far as I’m concerned I was convicted to please those that operated ZANU PF’s rigging machinery. Today (Monday) I started my community service at Mabelreign clinic, cleaning the yard, using a wheelbarrow and a shovel to ensure the place looks tidy.

‘If they think they are humiliating me, they are wrong. I have come out of prison 10 times stronger, battled hardened and raring to go to fight for justice and democracy in Zimbabwe,’ Komichi added.

The senator said he was surprised there was upheaval in the MDC-T with people seemingly blaming party leader Morgan Tsvangirai for the dismal showing at the polls.

‘I want to urge the MDC-T family to remain united. People should not lay any blame on anybody. The only person who deserves to be blamed is Robert Mugabe for rigging the elections,’ he said.

 

COMMENTS

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    THEIR BIG ASSET!

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    RIGGING IS STEALING! A CRIME AGAINST SOCIETY!

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    jacob dubes 8 years ago

    Mugabe is a real thief,mbavha,he must be brought to justice

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    sheppy 8 years ago

    you are all sick iwe shanda mutongo wako usada kuramba mhosva yawakapara zviripachena

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    sheppy 8 years ago

    mavakutibhowa vanhu vemdc

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    “Nothing was ever proven that I committed any fraud or contravened the electoral laws”. Are you not serving for the same offences. ” Battled hardened and raring to go to fight for justice and democracy in Zimbabwe”. I advice you to use the ballot box properly or you go back to jail. Remember you have suspended sentence provided you dont commit similar offence. Good luck!!!

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      B.Mathe 8 years ago

      SHEBAH YOU WILL DIE POOR LIKE YOUR PARENTS BEING PUPPETS OF ZANUPF. WHAT DO YOU HAVE PAURI IPAPO SURE HOW CAN YOU WORSHIP SUPRESSION AT THIS TIME AND AGE.

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      Mthwakazi 8 years ago

      Shebah, baba guckrawundie this is English – its “ADVISE”, the verb not “ADVICE” the noun.

      It could well be the difference between a verb and a noun is simply beyond your small guckrawundie pea brain. Try evening classes once more!!

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    Playing a sympathy card and sucking up to the masters. Give us something new.

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    Hisexcellency 8 years ago

    Disgrace of Zimbabwe

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    “He accused ZANU PF of practising ‘politics of hatred.’”

    Well, your own hatred for the MDC green team and Welshman Ncube in particular is is even worse and well documented.

    I see it pains a lot when you happen to the victim!!

    Welshman is hated because “WHO IS HE, BEING FROM MATEBELELAND, A MINORITY TRIBE TO CHALLENGE US THE MAJORITY TRIBE AND THINK HE CAN RULE ZIMBABWE?”

    Copied from the guckrawundie ZANU PF 1979 GRAND PLAN of tribal hatred!!!

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    B. Mathe I am not poor any more thanks to the land reform. By the way did we take your land

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      Angel 8 years ago

      You should be more careful speaking with such hate for your brothers.

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    easily fooled 8 years ago

    Shebah, tell them that you invaded the farm with both domestic and wild life. Tell them that this year alone you slaughter 5 of the elephant and sold the task. After community service at ths said clinic, i want Komichi to come and clean you inherited farm house for a month, or 240 hours. He will do 60hours in your little or close to nothing tobacco field. You are so easy to fool. Rimwe zuva uchapatika asi ngwena dzinenge dzasvinura…..chimboshandiswa

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    S.P.Ntini 8 years ago

    Tsvagirayi rigged the press conference which led to the split, so he is the master of rigging. Komichi you were confused, at one time you said the envelopes were sealed and you opened them out of curiosity. After you had rigged your own statement you changed to say you found them open. So who is rigging here?

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    Easisly Fooled- Do I sound easily fooled like your name. I am making hay while the grass is still green

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    Charles Chamunorwa 8 years ago

    Komichi-our prayers are with you. I will visit you. You are a real heroe for our democracy-victory is certain