Zimbabwe: Arrested Sikhala, no show at Rotten Row Magistrate court 


MDC Party Spokesperson Daniel Molokele addressing journalists at Rotten Row Magistrate Court.

There was confusion at the Rotten Row Magistrate court when the law enforcement agents did not turn up with the MDC Vice Chairman, Job Sikhala today.

Sikhala was arrested yesterday and is facing charges of contravening Section 22 (2) (a) of the Criminal law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) after utterances he issued at a rally in Bikita over the weekend.

Scores of local journalists, international media, and political representatives, could be seen making frantic efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of Sikhala.

Yesterday, the National Police Spokesperson, Paul Nyathi, confirmed the arrest of Sikhala.

“We can confirm that Job Sikhala has been arrested for contravening Section 22 (2) (a) of the Criminal law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) and will be appearing in court tomorrow,” he said.

However, it was the no show at Rotten Row Magistrate Court that left many people with questions and guessing.

After some minutes of confusion, there were some discussions between, the MDC National Organising Secretary, Hon Amos Chibaya and MDC Party Spokesperson, Daniel Molokele.

The MDC spokesperson called a press briefing and announced that there was a high possibility that Hon. Job Sikhala could have been transferred to Masvingo to answer his charges.

“There are three stories that are coming out, the first is that he might appear at this court later at around 11 am, the other one is he has been taken to Central, and the other one is there is a move to take him to Masvingo, because the whole thing occurred in Bikita,” said Molokele.

By 11 am and way past, Sikhala was still a no show raising a possibility that he had been transferred to Masvingo for trial.

Asked if there was confusion in the MDC camp, regarding the Sikhala issue, the MDC Spokesperson, hinted that the party remains strong and there was no discord. He said the party sees Sikhala’s issue as emanating from the unsolved issue of legitimacy the MDC has been calling for, after the disputed harmonized elections last year.

“In terms of what Hon Sikhala said, he clearly explained later that, he did not mean anything military, violence or whatever, but he meant that the current set up as it stands, is not something we accept as a party,” explained Molokele.

If found guilty, the MDC Vice Chairman will be charged for subverting a constitutional government, a crime which can take up to 20 years in jail.


Thomas Mukandi
SADCnews Zimbabwe Correspondent


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