Mt Pleasant MP Case Takes A New Twist, Seeks Postponement Of Trial

Mt Pleasant legislator Samuel Banda, currently in court on charges of falsifying his home address during the voter registration exercise has applied for a postponement of his trial for him to familiarize with his case.

Banda(43) was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

The legislator, who according to the state resides in Mabvuku is represented by Job Sikhala and is out on $50 bail, has since applied for a further postponement of his trial as he wants to familiarize himself with the case.

The State led by prosecutor, Delight Mavuto alleges that on December 28 last year, during the national biometric voter registration exercise, Banda misrepresented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that he resided at number 34 Waller Avenue, Mt Pleasant, Harare, in order for him to register as a voter in that constituency when, in actual fact, he did not reside there.

The State alleges Banda went on to depose an affidavit of residence for voter registration to ZEC commissioner of oath, purporting to be residing at that address.

It is alleged Banda was subsequently registered as a voter in Mt Pleasant constituency, where he contested for the House of Assembly seat and eventually won.

The matter will now be heard on the 3rd of January.