Komichi denied bail again

via Komichi denied bail again – DailyNews Live by Helen Kadirire 24 SEPTEMBER 2013

MDC chief election officer Morgen Komichi has been denied bail for the fourth time by Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

Komichi is accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act, but denies the charge.

He was arrested after he allegedly presented to Zec, a ballot paper that had been found in a dustbin at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), the electoral body’s command centre.

Komichi had applied for bail under changed circumstances. However, Mahwe ruled that the State had a strong case against him and rejected his fresh application.

State prosecutor Michael Mugabe told the court that the evidence led so far by the three State witnesses has not diluted the State case.

“If admitted to bail after the witnesses’ evidence, the State believes that this will lead the accused person (Komichi ) to abscond,” Mugabe said. “At this stage it will be improper to admit him to bail.”

Mahwe concurred with the State that it would not be in the best interest of justice to grant Komichi bail as he was likely to abscond his trial.

The trial continues with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s chief legal officer Shamiso Chahuruva saying that she cannot prove if Komichi had opened the grey envelope that contained the ballot papers.

Chahuruva, who was being cross-examined by Alec Muchadehama, said that she cannot speak on behalf of the person who gave Komichi the ballot papers.

“I am not able to say whether the person who gave Mr Komichi the packet had opened it, however, in the meeting he said that the packet was sealed and he had opened it out of curiosity,” Chahuruva said.

Muchadehama went on to suggest that Chahuruva and the commission were lying and building stories against Komichi.



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    Tendai Mahwe, do you know how to spell the words, “selective application of justice?” Apparently you are not familiar with the concept, so maybe you should begin educating yourself by learning how to spell the words. If you do it 1,000 then I’m sure you will remember. Perhaps while doing this exercise you may begin to ponder the concept and why you, as a magistrate, should understand it – because “selective application of justice,” is what you are allowing to happen in your courtroom.

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    Tendai Mahwe, did you go to school? Have you ever tried to develop any independent thoughts? Apparently not, because you are being led around by Michael Mugabe as if you are a beast with a ring in his nose.

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    Sekuru Mapenga 9 years ago

    This is another case of the Zimbabwe judiciary focusing attention on the innocent while the real criminals walk off scott free. We all know that if there was massive electoral fraud, and it certainly wasn’t perpetrated by the Director of Elections for the MDC.
    The judiciary needs to reflect and reform.

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    Dokotela 9 years ago

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty. That there is a strong case against an accused does not mean that he/she should be denied bail. We have known of people’s travel documents being withheld by the state and the accused required to report to police stations at set frequency. But since the case is politicised, every effort is made to dish out punishment even before the verdict. This is indeed selective justice, and shame on the Tendai Mahwe.