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"It's Worse Than Under Mugabe Right Now", Says Sikhala's Lawyer

Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who is representing jailed Zengeza West MP, Job Sikhala (MDC Alliance), said that repression under President Emmerson Mnangagwa is worse than it was under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Sikhala has been kept at Harare’s Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison for more than two months on allegations of inciting public violence and obstructing the course of justice.

The 49-year-old CCC vice chairman has been arrested 67 times but never been convicted in a political career spanning more than two decades.

Under Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years before he was overthrown in a popular military coup in 2017, the country gained a long experience with arrests of dissenters and abuse.

But speaking to AFP, Mtetwa said it’s worse than under Mugabe right now.

Sikhala was arrested in June along with fellow opposition politician and lawmaker Godfrey Sithole (CCC) over a speech he gave at the memorial service for Moreblessing Ali, another opposition activist who was killed, mutilated and dumped into a well.

A practising lawyer, Sikhala told mourners that Ali’s spirit would come back to avenge her death.

The day was marked by what the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has described as an “orgy of public violence.”

Supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party reportedly harassed funeral-goers and declared that Nyatsime, where Ali lived, was a no-go area for CCC.

Sikhala was charged with inciting violence and obstructing the course of justice over his speech and for having allegedly suggested that ZANU-PF members were behind the murder.

His lawyers have denied any link between their client and the violence. Said Mtetwa:

The point is not so much to have him prosecuted, but to harass him and to keep him in custody for as long as possible.

More: News24

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15 Comments

zvazviri 1 month ago

uyo nganyarare nekuti ndiye wevamwe vaisapota new regime vachiti mudhara akura saka nyarara Kkkk


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

I humbly ask citizens to let me agree with Advocate Beatrice Mtetwa that today's repression is worse than repression which existed in the era of the late senior war veteran Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

[ THE SECOND ADMINISTRATION IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE, FOR THE COUNTRY, FOR THE LAW ].

[ IT MUST GO AT THE HARMONISED ELECTIONS IN 2023 ].

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER. ].


constantino chiwenga 1 month ago

vanhu ava daitavasiya mumwewangu ed ahaterere


@ rusununguko 1 month ago

Hapana chisingaperi kkkkkkk


pk 1 month ago

ED ndimagistrate here?
let serial offenders rot in prison. kutoita a record of 67 times.


constantino chiwenga 1 month ago

hongu ED ndiyemagistrate mazuva ano. 67 times nyaya dzisina bsa

Job skala 1 month ago

Ngavasungwe vana skala violence haisi boo..ngavasabuda


Me 1 month ago

imbwa ya next door kwakho

Chikumba 1 month ago

Ngaagaro ikoko ndokwake ikoko kuno hatimude


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, dott 1 month ago

67 times akuzozviita bhuru ngagare imomo


CHIMOMBE 1 month ago

BHURU RINOONEKWA NEMARONDA MUHURO KURATIDZAVKUTI IBHURU RINORWA. SAKALA NGAGARE MUJERE INEMUSINDO SEZVAAITA ACHIRIKU CHIKORO


Machiavelli 1 month ago

The continued incarceration of Job Sikhala, Sithole and the famous Nyatsime 13 is definitely miscarriage of justice, abuse of Lawfare and amoral abuse of power.

60 days of incarceration, but no word of progress towards prosecution.

67 arrests and NOT A SINGLE conviction.

And you dare call Sikhala a serial offender
In truth it is the Executive, Police and Judiciary that are serial persecutors.

Only one thing is certain:- HAPANA CHISINGAPERE


Captain Jack Sparrow 1 month ago

Sikhala tried to blackmail the judicial system by giving counsel to Ali's family that her body won't be buried until they are all released manje isusu we are not afraid of such toothless statements , to Wiwa tototi haibhude mukati kusvika Ali's body is buried tione who has stronger muscles... Busy kurumwa nemalices mukadzi arikutomhanyisa poto kkkkkkk CCC as a party munosemesa kutoregedza you fellow members kuti vamirirwe by such an organisation kkkk


zimcitizen 1 month ago

Sparrow, you are pathetic

dindingwe 1 month ago

this sparo **** is a heartless , pseudo intellectual who has no idea what justice and human rights is all about. sparo is an attention seeker desperately trying to please his paymaster . time will catch up with you sparo



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