MDC-T polls chief arrested

THE MDC-T yesterday said the arrest of the party’s deputy national chairperson, Morgan Komichi — just three days before the harmonised elections — was part of a bigger plot to rig the polls slated for Wednesday.


Komichi, who is in charge of the party’s liaison with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), was arrested two days after he had presented Zec with an envelope containing special ballot papers allegedly found dumped in a rubbish bin at a Harare hotel under suspicious circumstances.

The MDC-T official claimed he had been given the envelope by an unnamed party sympathiser who had picked it up. The police now want Komichi to disclose the identity of that sympathiser threatening to make him the prime suspect if he did not do that.

Addressing a Press conference yesterday, MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said: “What is surprising us is that they are not questioning the authenticity of the ballot papers, but see it befitting to persecute a whistleblower. This is an obvious ploy to rig this election, which unfortunately they will not succeed.

“The development we have witnessedseriously demonstrates a dent on the credibility of this election. It demonstrates a perforation of the integrity of Zec. There is no denial of the fact that indeed it’s an authentic ballot paper and indeed that the ballot paper was found in the dustbin. But, of course, they want to know the whistleblower. We believe that Zec — and not Komichi — have a lot of questions to answer. If there is any investigation, the theatre of investigations is supposed to be at Zec,” he said.

“For us, these developments witnessed demonstrate the integrity of Zanu PF. Zanu PF wants to undermine the will of the people. Zanu PF knows that it is going to lose this election and that is why they are attempting to rig it.”

Chamisa said his party had raised several complaints over the conduct of the polls — including intimidation of its supporters, non-availability of the final voters, roll and other election-related information — but Zec had not treated the issues as urgent.

“Our president (Morgan Tsvangirai) is yet to be furnished with the voters’ roll. What is confusing is that we have some four or five voters’ rolls and we do not know which one is set to be used. We do not know where the ballot papers are being printed and who the presiding officers will be,” he said.

Later in the day, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told journalists that Komichi, who claimed to have received the parcel from an anonymous MDC-T sympathiser, was likely to be charged with breaching Section 85(1)(e) Chapter 2:13 of the Electoral Act.

“He (Komichi) is assisting police with investigations so that he reveals the identity of the person who gave him the ballot paper with a view of getting to the bottom of this matter,” said Charamba.

Komichi is alleged to have received the “lost” envelope from his unidentified source last Tuesday before he submitted it to Zec chief elections officer Lovemore Sekeramayi on Thursday.

“Komichi is alleging that the envelope had been handed over to him by a person whom he cannot disclose. As long as he refuses to disclose the identity of this person, the police will hold him accountable, therefore, he becomes the prime suspect,” said Charamba.

“Our preliminary investigations have since established that the said police officer whose special ballot paper was allegedly found in the dustbin never cast his vote. He was scientifically tested by Zec officials to this effect and a sworn affidavit statement has since been obtained from the police officer and the Zec official who conducted the ultraviolet light test.

“To this end, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, as the law enforcement agent in the country, has a constitutional mandate to investigate this case. The police would like to establish how the so-called special ballot paper ended up in a dustbin and the whereabouts of the rest of the alleged ‘lost envelopes’.

“This is a very urgent and serious matter that will have a bearing on the election process and, therefore, cannot be left for any other time except now.”

By late afternoon yesterday, Komichi’s lawyer Tarisai Mutangi said his client was still in police custody.

“He has not yet been charged, they are still making enquiries,” said Mutangi.

20 Responses to MDC-T polls chief arrested

  1. obama4eva July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Typical police shenanigans and incompetence . It’s surprising how zanu are all calm about the election process i.e no mention about the failed registration process, no mention on why they havent received the voter’s roll etc etc mmm smells fishy like grace walking into a high end deaigner shop and not buying her favourite european designer shoe ferregamo…

  2. Ridzai gidi July 29, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Zanu pf must go on wednesday

  3. Mhoro freedom July 29, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Mdc says they dont know were ballot papers are being printed,they do not have a voter roll cz ot waz not handed 2 them by zec,they dont know the pesiding pooll officers,finally mdc t dont know anything ubut ths elections bcz zanu ‘s security personnel operatives are in charge of evertthing,what would zimbabweans say if i put it to yu that we are going 2 witness onother desputed rigged elections with zanu pf as illegetimate winners in the first rounds,shall we wait for more disaster 2 come,rejected election results followed by international isolation and regional isolotion accompanied by the re-intoduction of zim dollar as ur official currency,hyperinflation iz going 2 be ur day 2 day song,empty stores,hunger,serious water and electricity shortages.cholera and protest in the streets ,errests of innocent hungry ppl,disappearance of pp,intimidation of ppl especially soilders,police and prison it worthy 2 live like slaves in our country ,zanu pf is everything troubles and disaster,something must be done 2 ensure that total freedom prevails in zim no to violent means but i ague the christian community 2 take it uporn themselves and resort to serious prayers and fastings

  4. rextwenty1 July 29, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    “Our preliminary investigations have since established that the said police officer whose special ballot paper was allegedly found in the dustbin never cast his vote.”

    so vote is no secret.

    • joemuda July 29, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      for the special vote each person had his own ballot paper allocated to him, that’s why the process was so complicated. So yes if you can get the ballot paper for the special vote, you can easily determine whose ballot paper it is.

    • @33 July 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      that`s special voting for u, the envelops are labelled your name

  5. bepa ravanhu July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am #


    Vese na Tsvangirai na biti they must be detained till after elections

    Havatye vakaita sei, we are a sovereign country

  6. Mupfana weBikini July 29, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    A Zanu pf free Zimbabwe begins with you. VOTE MDC-T come JULY 31.

  7. Chidodamdara July 29, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    “Our preliminary investigations have since established that the said police officer whose special ballot paper was allegedly found in the dustbin never cast his vote. He was scientifically tested by Zec officials to this effect and a sworn affidavit statement has since been obtained from the police officer and the Zec official who conducted the ultraviolet light test.So essentialy there are telling us that our votes are not secret. The statement was well calculated to ensure that we get the message that OUR VOTE IS NOT A SECRET. Th MDC should have foreseen this . It might have been done deliberately by Zanu so that MDC plays right in their hands. I dont like this party but hey they are good at their game

  8. joemuda July 29, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    they should lock him up until he explains how he ended up with the ballot papers. So he thought people should just suck up to his story without investigating how he really ended up with the ballot papers. MDC is trying so hard to tarnish this election in order to justify their claim that the vote is rigged. they are so desperate to the point of using shameless dirty tricks.
    Unfortunately for them wednesday is a few hours away. ndopakaperera mdc.

  9. reason July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    It’s a stupid desperate move by the MDC to try and discredit the polls they are sure , and now very sure of their inevitable defeat. Typical of childish and immature manoeuvres from a cry puppet baby.

  10. Sleak Rick July 29, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Joe ! Well spotted ! Ki ki ki
    They r blaming , the west, zuma, sadc, china – everyone to b precise! Next is combie drivers

  11. goto July 29, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Simba Makoni for MDC-T presidency.

  12. welly July 29, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    @bepa ravanhu,i wonder if the word sovereign was invented by zpf.The meaning of the wrd has been skewed for the party´s egocentricism for smetme!!!!!!

  13. Mashamplan July 29, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    @nhoro freedom psalm 111 v 10

  14. dube July 29, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    morgan tsvangirai, morgan komichi r dumb. Ts a crime n nids 2 b investigated, any1 wthholding info shld b prosecuted 4 obstruction of justice & misrepresentation of facts. My 1 qstn z y dd he lie 2 tha nation n say it wz Tsvangirai ballot wen they hd stolen a blank ballot? MDC gtng desperate by tha dy

  15. john mapika July 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    its well known and heard that the MDC T is trying each and every trick to discredit the elections. nyaya yazivikanwa only to days now to nail you down and your western sponsers. make sure mari yamakachengetera ma appeals is readily available. MDC muchaitisa ma lawyer mari please . dai ndiri lawyer ndaiirova yemadinga.

  16. TITO July 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    ZEC zanu elections committee? Yashungurudzwa

    How secret is this secretive exercise? Check the bin next to you.

  17. Bobby July 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Good bye zanu pf, its high time to have a new president, precisely Morgan Tsvangirai

  18. Zim Boy August 2, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    There should be no compromise like in 2008, when MDC won the vote and we agreed to go into a GNU. Not this time, there will be no run-off, we want justice to be done or we are taking it to the streets. Zanu PF are a bunch of thugs who are hanging on to power because they are afraid of what will happen when people demand justice, for most it’s going to be jail or loss of their ill gotten wealth, when people start demanding the truth. If there was no fear from Zanu PF side these elections would have been free and fair, but we have Zanu PF so scared they will use such tactics to hang on to power.
    Africa has failed Zimbabwe again. Ths AU/ SADC want start acting after bloodshed and funny, when the West gets involved then we cry foul. Look at Libya AU was responsible for Kaddafis death. The people of Libya dealt with it their way. In the end people like Mugabe are afraid of that and will hang to power until the end.

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