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Job Sikhala's Trial Deferred To January 2023

Job Sikhala's Trial Deferred To January 2023

The trial of Zengeza West Member of Parliament, Job Sikhala, on charges of obstructing police investigations into the murder of Moreblessing Ali was yesterday deferred to January 3, 2023.

Sikhala had appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court.

The State claims that Sikhala defeated or obstructed the course of justice after he allegedly recorded and posted a video on social media which was aimed at hindering police investigations.

This trial is separate from the one where he is accused of inciting public violence that erupted in the Nyatsime area in June Nyatsime after Ali’s kidnapping and murder.

When the trial opened early this month, Sikhala, through his lawyers Mr Harrison Nkomo and Mr Jeremiah Bamu, denied the charges arguing that:

i). he did not post or cause anyone to record and post on social media the video that the State alleged had hindered police investigations.

ii). he had no knowledge that police had launched investigations into the matter, adding that he was only providing legal services to Ali’s family.

iii). there was an unnecessary split of charges from the one he was charged with incitement to commit public violence, which arose from the same incident.

iv). there was nowhere in the video that showed him addressing or giving information to the police and there was no utterance where the police were asked to act on what he said.

Harare regional magistrate Mrs Marehwanazvo Gofa dismissed the two applications and set yesterday for trial.

Oscar Madhume, who was representing the State, applied for a postponement of the matter, saying there were critical documents that he intended to serve Sikhala before the State opened its case against him.

He said the documents would afford Sikhala a fair hearing adding that the opposition leader would suffer no prejudice because of the postponement.

Sikhala’s lawyer opposed the application, saying it was prejudicial to his client as he was still in custody since his arrest.

He told the court that they had already pleaded and crafted their defence without the said documents which he said were not admissible at law.

However, the court upheld the State’s application and allowed the postponement to January 3.

Sikhala then applied for bail consideration on the basis that the State was not ready to prosecute him.

The State opposed the application saying nothing had changed and that his application could not be divorced from the previous ones.

Mrs Gofa is today expected to make a ruling on bail consideration.

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20 Comments

nguvai dzeraramo yedu 1 month ago

ndozviripo tingadii


✌️ 1 month ago

means of imposing fear on the opposition parties, means of silencing the majority from speaking out.
People will speak out clearly on the ballot boxes, and it will be the ballot box and the majority who feel the need to speak out loud in a different way.

1 month ago

Chasiyana na Ian Smith chii manje coz ndo zvaaita izvozvi, locking people up


chasiyana 1 month ago

nhunzvatunzva mumajere hatijaidze makudo neanokamhina tinongorova musoro
pamberi ne Zanu pf chirangamapenzi

Sikhala tirikuranga
Bit takaranga
Morgan Tsvangirai takaranga

ngapatsve mbiti hutotwa huno

1 month ago

Do not ever think that this will last forever, they were cruel and evil gvts in the past the likes of yana hitler nana Musoline, ana Idi Amin etc varipi izvozvi , the same will happen to your zpf.

days of grace 1 month ago

tiri munguva dzenyasha tinofara Kuti nyika yedu haina kuenda the same route nedzimwe nyika dzakaitiswa mhirizho ga


Führer 1 month ago

Nyika yese irikufara kuti mukonzeri we mhirizhonga akasungwa. Asi chinondishamisa ndechekuti sei va Chamisa vasiri kuukurira murume uyu nekuti dai vaimuda vaitaura nezvake kwete kunyepa kwavakaita kuti varambidzwa kumuona.


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Paye takati huyayi nehuwandu hwenyu tikupei ma mask akanzi CCC ikozvino tane ma underwear, mabhurugwa, manduwe akanyorwa zvakare kunzi CCC. Chakanakira pamanduwe aya nde mahara.


Zuze 1 month ago

Face ya Chamisa iri ku****🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

comrade Mbiti Dzarira 1 month ago

tinodziridza mbiti mwaka Uno ende ukafa vanokuita hero ASI Kino****a kuden kwenyu


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Mboko 1 month ago

Haa Job wangu ende uchakwenya kwenya warumwa netsikidzi dziri mumagumbeze epa Chikurubi coz haawachwe. Mface uyu Jobho akutomboziva here kuti Juno kune load shedding? Achazobudiswa election rapera akama,ma uyo.🙌🙌🙌


Muchenga Josephat 1 month ago

Job you will be free mzaya rega vaite zvavanofunga kuti varkugona asi mwari vachaita kuti usununguke kwete vanhu


Anti Zanu 1 month ago

Chisingaperi chinoshura guyz..where is Ian Smith,Idi Amin,Mobutu etc...


Muchenga J 1 month ago

shiri inongozofa,regai tione kwazvinosvika

chinondidya chii 1 month ago

Sikhala shumba yeZanu haa vanomukwata


5 1 month ago

Shuwa shiri inongozofa hayo,NHM


1 month ago

Imagine voting for people who make justice system political.
Well this is Zimbabwe where people's voices, votes, visions and opinions don't matter we just live to see another day


PSV fan 1 month ago

Haaa iwe siya zvivafana veguka tine srs issue iyo mhan... #FREE OUR HERO


Jokonia 1 month ago

If u are doing research on Zimbabwe's justice system and you have not interviewed Mary and Job then you still have a lot of ground to cover.


Gwinyo 1 month ago

Jobho haakuri



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