Job Sikhala Wins In Court As High Court Quashes His Conviction

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The Harare High Court has today quashed jailed Politician Job Sikhala’s earlier conviction and found him not guilty¬† on the charge of obstructing Justice.

Sikhala, the former Zengeza West legislator had been convicted by Harare Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa on the 3rd of May 2023 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice and was given a wholly suspended six months sentence with an option of paying US$ 600 or spending six months in jail.

The fiery opposition politician’s trial was linked to a video posted on the internet in which he was accused of saying that the ruling Zanu-PF party had killed Moreblessing Ali, an opposition CCC activist. Sikhala, who has been detained since June 2022, denied making the video and an expert witness testified in court that the footage had been tampered with.

Sikhala was arrested on 14 June 2022 after attending the funeral of Moreblessing Ali, a slain opposition CCC activist who had been missing for three weeks before her mutilated body was discovered in a well in Nyatsime suburb on 11 June 2022.

The burly legislator was arrested alongside fellow opposition legislator, Godfrey Sithole, and 14 other CCC activists, and has been held at Chikurubi Maximum-security prison in the capital Harare.

However, despite the High Court quashing his conviction, Sikhala will remain in custody, as he awaits trial for two other charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct.

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