Harrison Nkomo Chides Courts After Sikhala’s Second Conviction

Zimbabwe former legislator and prominent member of the opposition party Citizens Colaition for Change (CCC) Job Sikhala salutes the press and well wishers at the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare on January 24, 2024 after the court convicted him of inciting public violence. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

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Job Sikhala’s lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, has castigated the courts for his client’s second conviction, insisting that he was prosecuted and convicted under a non-existent law.

Addressing journalists after court proceedings in Harare today, Nkomo said his client was now waiting for sentencing scheduled for February 15 before the next step, which is likely an appeal at the High Court.

“Mr. Sikhala was charged, prosecuted and convicted under a non-existent law, and naturally we are waiting for the sentencing. We are coming back to this court on the 15th of February,” said Nkomo.

The burly Sikhala was convicted by Harare Regional Magistrate Mrs. Feresi Chakanyuka for communicating falsehoods after a 2021 Twitter Post he allegedly shared on the Social Media platform.

The post falsely claimed that a Police officer had struck and killed an infant with a baton stick while it was on its mother’s back.

Sikhala will be back in court on February 15 for sentencing.

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