Komichi convicted

MDC-T deputy national chairperson Senator Morgen Komichi has been sentenced to 350 hours of community service, after spending 97 days in remand at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

Staff Writer

Komichi was arrested in July on two charges of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act after he was allegedly given a stray ballot paper found in a bin at the Harare International Conference Centre , and handed it over to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission senior officials.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday sentenced Komichi to 12 months for the fraud charge and six months for the second charge, both of which he suspended on condition Komichi performs community service at Marlborough Clinic from November 11, a ruling that he is appealing against.

Today Komichi is expected to appeal against both conviction and sentence, according to MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.

Although the MDC-T welcomed the move to grant Komichi a non-custodial sentence, the party’s position is that “he is innocent and that he is being victimised for exposing electoral fraud”, said Mwonzora.

The ballot papers were supposed to be used during the special vote by uniformed forces in the run-up to the July 31 elections.