Job Sikhala In Worrying Condition

As Poison Suspicions Surface

CCC Deputy Chairperson Job Sikhala’s condition is believed to be worrying after reports came out that he was allegedly poisoned in his cell at Chikurubi Maximum Prison yesterday.

Reports allege that Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) yesterday called Sikhala’s family asking for urgent help after he started vomiting.

Sikhala’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa confirmed the incident but said she was out of the country.

“That is what I have been told, but I have not seen him because I am out of the country,” Mtetwa said.

The opposition party’s Vice President, Tendai Biti said the state must release him immediately so that his family and friends can attend to his health.

CCC Treasure General, David Coltart said the ongoing detention of Sikhala and his colleagues is a national outrage.

“The silence of the church is almost as bad as the actions of the regime and the judiciary. Jesus instructed his followers to visit and care for prisoners,” he said.

Fadzi Mahere, CCC Spokesperson said Sikhala’s persecution is an assault on the constitution.
“They’ve been jailed without trial for over two months while thieves who were caught red-handed walk free,” Mahere fumed.
Sikhala, who is the CCC vice-national chairperson, human rights lawyer and legislator, was arrested on June 14 after violence broke out in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza, during the funeral wake of Moreblessing Ali, a CCC activist who was killed by a suspected Zanu-PF activist, Pius Mukandi Jamba.

Sikhala is in prison for allegedly inciting unrest and defeating the course of justice.

The State alleges that he posted a video on social media that was intended at misleading the police who were investigating the death of Ali.

He was arrested alongside Godfrey Sithole, a CCC MP for Chitungwiza North and 13 party activists.

The charge of obstructing the course of justice was levelled against him when he was already in remand prison.

He has applied for bail five times without success.

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