Sikhala Denied Bail On Second Charge

A Harare High Court judge has dismissed without reasons a bail application filed by Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) lawmaker Job Sikhala who is facing charges of obstructing or defeating the course of justice

The State alleges that he posted a video that was intended at misleading the police who were investigating the death of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali who was murdered in Nyatsime area two months ago.

Sikhala’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa said the case is one of those whose decisions are predictable and will wait and see what happens next.

“She has not given her reasons to do that, she says her reasons will come later so it’s very difficult for us to know why she has done but this is one of those cases where most of these decisions are predictable. It’s a waiting game now because this was an appeal,” Mtetwa said.

Sikhala was charged at a time he is currently locked up at Chikurubi Maximum Prison together with fellow CCC legislator Godfrey Karakadzai Sithole on charges of inciting public violence.

The duo is accused him of inciting the public to violently avenge the death of CCC activist, Ali who was found murdered with her body cut into pieces 18 days after she disappeared.

A Zanu PF activist, Pius Jamba was arrested over her murder.

During Ali’s memorial service, mourners ran amok and destroyed homes belonging to Zanu PF members in the Nyatsime area.

Sikhala was then charged with inciting unrest after the violent scenes in Nyatsime.

He has been locked up since then after his initial freedom bid hit a snag when a Harare magistrate ruled that he was likely to reoffend.

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