Jim Jalifu who is an aspiring councillor for Marondera Central (Ward 10) yesterday appeared in court for allegedly forging signatures on his nomination papers which he submitted at the Nomination Court last month.
Jalifu who is running as an MDC Alliance candidate, successfully filed his nomination papers for Ward 10 in Marondera after forging party official, Gilbert Kabodora’s signature. Kabodora approached the presiding officer at the Nomination Court, Ms Spiwe Chavhunduka, and together inspected Jalifu’s nomination papers. The two established the nomination papers filed by Jalifu contained scanned signatures of Kabodora and Revai Muguti. Kabodora reported the matter to the police who retrieved Jalifu’s papers from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Jalifu denied the fraud charges when he appeared before Marondera Magistrate Mr Arnold Maburu arguing that he had no reason to forge signatures since he won the right to run for the ward after winning the party’s primary elections. He argued further that he received the nomination papers from Kabodoro, who had already signed them before the nomination day. He was remanded to July 27, for continuation of trial.