Multimedia: Zanu PF splashed $100m to rig elections — Komichi

MDC-T chief election agent Morgen Komichi yesterday made sensational claims that Zanu PF splashed $100 million to rig the July 31 elections.

REPORT BY HARDLIFE SAMUWI

Komichi, who is currently serving an 11-week community service sentence at Malbereign Clinic for contravening the Electoral Act after he was found in possession of ballot papers, said there was no way his party would have won the elections given the alleged level of rigging.

Morgen Komichi claims that Zanu PF splashed $100 million to rig the July 31 elections. Picture: Cynthia R Matonhodze
Morgen Komichi claims that Zanu PF splashed $100 million to rig the July 31 elections. Picture: Cynthia R Matonhodze

“Zimbabweans must not blame MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai or anyone for the loss during elections,” Komichi said.

“Zanu PF had put in a lot of money to rig the elections and it was a massive project where they put in $100 million, and so do not expect to win an election when a lot of money was involved in the rigging project.”

Listen to our exclusive interview with Komichi below:

However, Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo dismissed the claims as baseless.

“It’s all nonsense. The harmonised polls are water under the bridge. We are looking at implementing ZimAsset (Zanu PF’s economic blueprint policy document). We are looking at fulfilling the aspirations of the people. We are not talking about the rigging of the elections. In fact that’s the MDC-T mantra,” Gumbo said.

The MDC-T has since refused to recognise the election results with party leader Morgan Tsvangirai describing the process as a “monumental farce” although Sadc and the African Union have endorsed the elections as “free and credible”.

Komichi was arrested three days before the harmonised elections after he submitted “stray ballot papers” to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau.

He was last month slapped with a wholly-suspended 18-month jail term for electoral fraud and ordered to perform 350 hours of community service at Mabelreign Clinic in Harare.

Morgen Komichi serving his community service at Marbelreign Clinic. Picture: Hardlife Samuwi
Morgen Komichi serving his community service at Marbelreign Clinic. Picture: Hardlife Samuwi

Komichi appealed to his party members to work hard to and plug all holes to ensure that the forthcoming elections scheduled for 2018 are tamper-proof.

Turning to his 97-day incarceration experience at Harare Remand Prison, Komichi paid homage to his family, party members and the private media for giving him moral support.

“My wife was very supportive and used to visit me on a daily basis while I was at Chikurubi Maximum prison. The private media was also supportive of my plight and we should remain a united family to fight oppression,” he said. Komichi said he will be working eight hours per day during his community service, adding this would not deter him from active politics.

Morgen Komichi (centre) greets relatives and friends after his release from Remand Prison recently. Picture: Hardlife Samuwi
Morgen Komichi (centre) greets relatives and friends after his release from Remand Prison recently. Picture: Hardlife Samuwi

Meanwhile, Komichi’s second attempt to have his community service sentence halted pending appeal against both conviction and sentence was thrown out by a Harare magistrate.

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51 Comments

  1. A good turn deserves another. After enjoying 97 days as a guest of the state which provided him free accomodation, food and transport he is now providing the state free labour. He is jolly good fellow. See you in 2018.

  2. For he is a jolly good fellow!

  3. Ko imi maiwe kupi muchi ita chiyi payidirwa 100mita ne zanu yacho, were was th mdc-t and doing what when zanu was busy splashing that cash on rigging, why did you compete in the plebscite when you knew that the playing ground was uneven?????????? nxa we are tired of mdc-t metaphysical conudrum about rigged elections!

    1. Komichi Nyarara mapapa aya anokudzosera ku jeri. Ukabvunzwa mubvunzo wokuti 100 million yachom wakaionepi unoudaira here. Nyaya yakakuendesa ku jeri ngeyemakuhwa iyezvino vava kukutsvagira imweni futi

      1. Sentences were suspended on condition he does not commit any election related offenses. Avekunyepa ne nyaya dzezve ma election futi.

    2. how ignorant are you? don’t you know that elections were rigged?kkkkkkkk

  4. Komichi. Unochipiswa neZANUPF mubvakure iwe. Shut up murewi wenhema. Wanga wajaira kunyepera dzimwe dubu mutongo. Wakutaura uri panze you must deal with substantially solid facts bwidi iwe. For almost 100 days you concerned yourself with food consumption, gaining over 4 kgs in weight and you failed to show the rigging you waffling about. Shut up your dirt beak. Muribe manyazi achimwene. Muntu ayangula zvachabechabe kupela. Face ngati ndikumbuyo kwamukango. Pitina kumuzi before it gets even darker!!!!!

    1. Chingara you are a shameless tribalist hubwidi hwapinda papi? Zimbabwe is not for the Zezurus only but for all tribes that’s why even Nyanja is now an official language. I doubt if you are educated. Your comment is nothing but a piece of sublime, mystics and resounding nonsense from a shallow minded, genetically inferior and blood sucking ZANU PF supporter who believes in poltics of killing.

    2. this is nonsensse mabwidi aitasei, ndimi munotishoresa nemamwe marudzi imi zanu yakakupofomadza handiti

    3. kkkkkkk chingara ndechekupi ichi kkkk come 2018 uchachema madyiwa

    4. Komichi akataura oga kuti kana une “boyfriend” muremand,unochengetwa zvakanaka.

  5. First it was $10 million now its $100 million.VaGumbo siyai convict rakadaro,he is a jolly good fellow

    1. 10 mil yakapihwa nikuv chete. 100 million was for paying all the apparatchiks employed, the busing, the extra ballot papers, the cyberspace warriors like you. and so on and so forth

  6. Zimbabwe inyika yavatema nyakutamba nemombe abaiwa

  7. musungwa musungwa

    sungai munhu uyo…ane umbowo here komichi nezve100million yaanotaura…?

  8. These MDC amateurs never cease to amaze me by the way the give too much credit to Zanu pf. Morgan waida kuti Zanu ishandise mari kuti ihwine maelection. Kana imi makadya mari instead of campaigning ndezvenyu. Zvakafanana neREAL MADRID ichiti aah MESSI azokikireyi neleft iye ari we right. Mutambo uyu a team must do all in its power to score. Baba wangu iwe Bonga saka watove hero nekugara mujeri deseverdly for less than 100 days ko anaMandela nanaBob vanozoita chi. Bva tigezere matoilet mushe kuclinic uku..

    1. sheer madness how can you deny then party that brought the so-called $ chinjai mutipe dzemachinas kkkkk

  9. Bva zviya ‘komichi’ chii ??Mmmmm ok i cup .Basa rekumwirwa tea ne ZANU kikikikik.Basa rekutaura zvekuriga zvirizvo zvawakasungirwa futi kikikikiki .Its better to complain kuti wakapiwa ma gloves akasakara.

  10. rigging the elections was easy lets sit back and see if they will do the same with the economy.

    1. Hlongwane Spinach

      Government is there to create a conducive environment for an economy not to run it, scoff. And does pouring in one hundred million dollars into an election mean rigging? You seem to be more like your party president who wants to aquire education and be learned without going to school, wining an election without a manifesto, basing your electorate on pitchground attendance(when those people are not registered voters). Basing rigging evidence on Bronnert’s guess work and seem as if he is the one who discovered the rigging. Shame Shame Shame maningi Zvimbgwasungata (Chinichengeteswa imba chofunga kuti yave yacho)

  11. Come on Komichi! Makadyiwa that’s all. If you really want to make it in 2018 accept defeat and work on your shortcomings.

    1. ediza come one asi uri beneficiary of those who rigged kkkk

  12. Tinyararirei apa machinja no party will form a shadow cabinet unless they accept the defeat by the ruling party

    1. TAFIRANYIKA MUCHADURA

      Mapfumo wakataura wani kuti nyika ino izere bwende. Unoona munhu achitaura zvisina basa pamusoro peMDC T kuti yakadyiwa asingazivi kuti pamakore 5 arikutevera achanga achidya mangai kunge aripo. Gore negore vana vana vezvikoro varikubudirira muzvidzidzo zvavo asi mabasa hapana. MDC T yaida kuuya neshanduko.

      1. prophet of doom go die. This is no 2000-2008 idiot US dollar rakachinjisa zvese.

  13. We read in the press; “Tsvangirai takes charge” of the electoral process. MDC-T had a co-minister of Home Affairs, which means this minister was supervising the Registrar General, whose duties included compiling the voters roll.

    This is the minister who said she doesnt even know what Nikuv does, despite the fact it wa hired by a department she was supervising, despite the fact that she visited Nikuv in Israel, despite the fact that Nikuv were in Buhera at Tsvangirai’s homestead. Are MDC this dump? No wonder ZANU PF had an electoral field day, these MDC guys do sleep and hope to ride on the sympathy of outsiders.

    MDC officials who had made it into the inclusive govt vakadziiyrwa ne comfort yema Benz, vakazoyeuka bako Bob ava ku State house.

    Elections are about planning and being shrewd, and Zanu pf have these traits galore. Keep crying MDC, and Zanu pf are already ahead with 2018 plans whilst you are still sobbing about July 31. You will cry more.

    1. i have got gud reason to believe that you do not know politics and neither do you know leadership. They were given positions but the authority was not there. Is it not Chihuri who said he will not salute or take instructions from MDC? Is it not Theresa Makone who was castigating on the bias of the police and ZEC well before the election? Mudede should have retired over a decade ago, simply because he is easily manipulated puppet for ZPF, he is still on that seat up to now.

      1. On the eve of the elections Tsvangirai was saying he was going to announce the results, and noone was going to arrest him because he would by then be president. This implied that he was confident of winning the elections. Why then, did he make a u-turn soon after to say the elections were rigged?

        Is he so dump that he would know that an election was rigged only after the results started coming? He was part of governance system, and how come he did not know what was going on? Is he going to run a security system that is effective, if he becomes president?

        If a policeman refuses to salute a government minister, does that amount to rigging an election?

        Tsvangirai has a lot to learnt about political tact and shrewdness, and this tact and shrewdness includes an ability to avoid certain pitfalls like trapping yourself in such a way that you show confidence in an electoral system, and then say it wasn’t fair after you lose. Ko kunyarara before the vote kunodii? However, if MDC-T supporters think there is nothing for him to learn politically and diplomatically, then there will be more gnashing of teeth come 2018.

  14. MDC fools! Makuzviona nhasi? Makanyanya kukotsirawo imi

    1. newe futi got eyes but don’t see

  15. good questions but that interviewer is a kill joy, i wonder if she knew that she’s doing it for the whole country

  16. Hmmmmm. It’s not surprising in Zimbabwe. It’s the norm.

  17. Tingoonanazve nekisiti taimu.

  18. isu tikuti ukushanda izvo ukuswera uchitamba zvako .SHUT UP komichi bomboclat

  19. Mbavha dzirikucommenter apa dzinotya kuti Zanu ika bviswa hadzichaba futi.Shut up mhondi dzisingade chokwadi,Zanu you can rig election but not this nose diving economy

  20. PLEASE LETS USE ENGLISH COZ SOME OF US WHO WOULD WANT TO READ THE COMMENTS FIND IT LOSS SINCE THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND SOME OF OUR VENECULAR LANGUAGE. WE ALSO WANT TO READ YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS SO MAKE SURE WE CAN READ THEM BY USING ENGLISH

    1. @TRUEZIMBO, Exactly what we fought against! We will not be dictated to use a particular language by anyone, Iwe nyora newako mutauro, we are not english, we dont want to be, Loku siyakuzonda kakhuku If yu cant understand our language dont read…Whats yo interest anyway? Ndiyo nyaya iri kunetsa muNATO…spying on everyone!

    2. this is Zimbabwe our land ,if you understand vernacular go away,this is our country

      1. this is our land Zimbabwe,if you cant understand vernacular go away,we fought for this country,we don’t need you

  21. Machinja shut up about riggiing. You were enjoying the gravy while ZPF was working hard on the ground. Thats why you have no solid facts but just rumours of rigging.
    Change yo leadership or you are doomed.
    Go to rural areas people will tell u they voted ZPf coz it was there and Chinja was in town enjoying the GNU gravy!!!
    Hopeless leadership!!

  22. Elections were rigged whether you like it or not but economy you will never rig.

  23. did any member of MDCT visit Komichi at Chikurubi? Unofira mahara!

  24. Ngomichi you are now silent about the ballot paper which you steal in a bid to tarnish the country image you deserve the same charges about the 100m which you are saying without evidence. People had voted for Zpf because you are complacency for nothing

  25. By the way, Komichi is derived from cup. Totem ??? Is this guy Zimbo at all? If not a citizen, he should not comment on Zim issues.

  26. @Bongai you are a pathetic fool. Iwe ndiwe wakafunda kusurport nhemaka. Ini kana grade one handina. Asi ndinoziwa kuti munhu asina hwaro nenhoroodondo yerudzi rwake has insurmountable challenges kunyenge ane ka degree kake kepa Creche yepa Mount Pleasant sewe. Bwidi iBwidi chete and munhu sevamwewo.

    1. unopenga stereki iwe

  27. July 31 has come and gone ,why waste time making sensational claims that have no basis of truth,taura zvaunoziva iwe Komichi,!

  28. Kkkkkkkkkkkkk Udzokorore kupara mhosva unosungwa chete. Mwari ngewemunhu wese anochengeta vanhu vake, Komichi, Mugabe,Tsvangirai, Munangagwa, Biti, Mutasa, Madzokere, Sekeramai, nevamwe vese vakatombosangana nengwendere yemujeri. Kana Mwari ati mweya wangu ngauchiuya hapana zvekuti chimbondimirirai ndimbodaidai. Saka mukoma Komichi ndizvo zvinoita zvematongerwo enyika . Kana Mwari azotiwo chitongai aaa munotonga zveshuwa asi kana asati zvake ada munongoramba muri vekuvharirwa nekuwawata chete kusvika mwave mushakabvu veduweeeee

  29. Kufarira kutambura kweruzhinji rwevanhu for political expendiency? No wonder there is a kharma!

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