By Bulawayo Correspondent
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) hired a known Zanu PF activist as presiding officer for a Bulawayo polling station in the just ended harmonised elections, it has emerged.
This came out during the recent court trial of one Craig Mthulisi Malasa Moyo was arrested for showing an open palm, the MDC Alliance symbol, inside the polling station in contravention of sections of the Electoral Act.
Dephine Dzvange, a well- known Bulawayo Zanu PF activist who presided over elections at Agape College polling station in Bulawayo South, was witness in the matter.
Dzvange was in October last year, alongside three other Zanu PF activists, dragged to court for allegedly booing then first lady Grace Mugabe at the Zanu PF Presidential Youth Interface rally held at White City Stadium.
According to court papers, on the 30th of July at around 09:55, Dzvange was at Agape College polling station where she was the presiding officer for the just ended harmonised elections.
It further emerged that Moyo, who is employed by the Ministry of Local government as an office orderly at Mhlahlandlela government complex, arrived at the polling station and identified himself to Dzvange as a ZEC official responsible for logistics.
Moyo was seconded to ZEC‘s logistical department at Tshabalala housing office in Bulawayo South.
After being booked into the attendance register, Moyo then requested to cast his vote and went to the election officers.
Moyo left his identity card and went outside the polling station.
He is said to have then ordered five female voters in the queue to enter the polling station while raising his open palms, typical of MDC.
Moyo is said to have further insisted on shaking the ballot boxes in the women’s presence without the approval of Dzvange, the presiding officer.
Dzvange interjected, a scene which saw Moyo respond again with open palms lifted while saying “angiphathanga lutho ezandleni” (I have nothing on my hands).
Dzvange then ordered the female voters to go outside before ordering Moyo to cast his vote after which she ordered his arrest.
Bulawayo magistrate, Gladman Mushohwe, fined Moyo $100 or 30 days in prison.