Regional Magistrate Ndlovu presided over the trial on Tuesday where one witness only turned up leading to the postponement of the trial to 15 August.
Prosecutors allege that Senator Komichi, who is represented by Nosimilo Chanayiwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), communicated falsehoods when he addressed and told supporters at an MDC rally in Lupane, Matabeleland North province in February last year that the provincial police, led by the Officer Commanding Matabeleland North Senior Assistant Commissioner, Edmore Veterai, were unwilling to release three party vehicles which were impounded by the police.
They claim that Senator Komichi made reference to the impounding of the vehicles at a rally held at Negasha stadium in Lupane in February this year where he allegedly said Veterai had confiscated these vehicles to further the interests of Zanu (PF).
Lupane police impounded Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s campaign vehicle and two others belonging to the party’s Matabeleland North province and the Youth Assembly during the run-up to the sham June 2008 presidential elections.
The vehicles are still being kept by the police.