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A Harare High Court judge Samuel Dema has denied Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala bail today, insisting the date of judgment is now indefinite.
Sikhala’s high court bail appeal comes after he had made several attempts to be granted bail at the Harare magistrate court, but they flopped.
The last attempt he made was when Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti denied him bail and labeled him “unrepentant criminal”.
Sikhala previously claimed that the ruling ZANU PF, which is accused of capturing the judiciary, was planning on keeping him in prison until after the 2023 elections.
He reckoned the ruling party is afraid of his influence.
Sikhala is accused of inciting public violence to avenge the death of slain Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist Moreblessing Ali.
He was arrested in June and has to date spent six months at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, without trial.
Addressing journalists after the bail hearing at Harare High Court today, crabby CCC spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere, said Sikhala is innocent.
Mahere said Zanu PF members are arrogantly committing crimes, but the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is not doing anything to bring those offenders to the book.
“Hon Job Sikhala is innocent, he is only behind bars because of the work he did as a lawyer representing Moreblessing Ali.
“To date, we have not heard any sort of accountability in respect to the murderers of Moreblessing Ali, and yet we have Job Sikhala being detained.
“The big issue we have is that we continue to see videos by the Zanu PF members. We saw one video recently where one said advocate Nelson Chamisa, the change champion, must be killed, and there was not so ever police intervention. We also have some Zanu PF leadership who said CCC must be clashed like lies, but to date there is no accountability what so ever,” she said.
Mahere claims comes after a Zanu PF member and cleric had threatened CCC leader Nelson Chamisa with death, but walked free despite earlier claims by the police that they were investigating him.
In July, Abton Mashayanyika declared that Chamisa and his family should be killed while addressing a Zanu PF rally in Mberengwa, Midlands province.