Incarcerated Zengeza West Member of Parliament, Job Sikhala says he has not been well for the past three weeks.
In an emotional letter from his Chikurubi Maximum Prison cell, the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator said he felt some mild pain which have become severe on the left of his abdomen.
“Dear Zimbabweans, it is with regret and most unfortunate that I now share with you, a personal issue that I have kept to myself for the past three weeks. It is something that I did not share with anyone and kept to myself for these past 3 weeks. I had kept it to myself for the sake of my children and my wife. I know how much it will affect them.
“I have not been feeling well for the past three weeks. A pain that started mildly on the left side of my abdomen has steadily grown to be extremely heavy and excessive by each passing day. There is some painful strike that exudes itself from the left side which I don’t really understand and do not know what it is. I pray that it is not colon cancer. It is worrying me very seriously.
“Since the day I vomited and had a ceaseless running stomach, some time ago, which was widely reported, the prison authorities refused to allow my doctor to attend to me. This is despite the fact that my doctors came several times in the company of my lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa and Doug Coltart,” said Sikhala
He added “Since then, I have stopped requesting the permission of my doctor to attend to me. The pain is severe during the night especially when I sleep by that left side. I ask all of you dear Zimbabweans, to pray for me to be healed of this pain. There is nothing beyond the cure of God.”
Sikhala has spent more than 200 days in pre-trial detention on charges of inciting public violence in the wake of slain CCC activist Moreblessing Ali’s funeral in June 2022.