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Magistrate Says There Is A Possibility Sikhala Will Commit A Similar Offence If Granted Bail

Magistrate Says There Is A Possibility Sikhala Will Commit A Similar Offence If Granted Bail

Zengeza West legislator, Job Sikhala, has been denied bail again when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti.

The magistrate ruled that Sikhala is an incurable and unrepentant criminal, despite the fact that Sikhala has no conviction in over 60 arrests, New Zimbabwe reported.

Sikhala is accused of inciting public violence to avenge the death of slain Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist Moreblessing Ali.

In his latest bail application, Sikhala cited changed circumstances noting that his alleged accomplice, Godfrey Sithole was recently granted ZW$50 000 bail having spent 150 days in custody.

Sikhala was arrested in June and has to date spent 162 days at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, without trial.

14 other CCC activists who were arrested for allegedly reacting to Sikhala’s incitement were granted bail last week.

In denying him bail, the magistrate ruled Sikhala deserved jail because he was unrepentant having been arrested over the same offence 67 times before. Ruled magistrate Miti:

The accused was out on bail on a similar offence unlike his co-accused. A judicial officer cannot sit and determine an issue that has been dealt with by another.

 His arrest for more than 63 times on similar charges is proof enough that there is a propensity to commit similar offences.

The changed circumstances that his co-accused was released on bail will not apply as the number of times he has been arrested is proof that he is an incorrigible and unrepentant criminal.

The granting of bail will jeopardise the criminal justice system therefore the application for bail on changed circumstances is therefore dismissed.

 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.

His prolonged detention has attracted criticism from the international community including the United States and Britain.

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31 Comments

Falot 4 days ago

Guilty until the offence is found


MuPfungwe Chaiye 4 days ago

Our magistrates are prophets now. They now know what's coming in the future. Mxm


Magistrate 4ED 4 days ago

Sikhala shouldn't be granted bail until found guilty or if he volunteers to attend the Herbert Institute of Ideology for Indoctrination

Worzell Gummidge 4 days ago

This is the Rule of LOW. LOW Standards at work. Ndiwo maMagistrates aitenga maExam paper kuFaculty of Law. Akapinda basa nemusangano. Mamwe acho akadzidza kuchikoro chaMasimerembwa neku More Sex University (MSU) or Huyai Mose.

The Magistrate grossly misdirected himself in denying Sikhala bail. The Magistrate neither cited any precedence nor any legal provisions related to denial of bail. Everything that Magistrate said is just conjectural assumptions with no semblance of legal reasoning. How can the magistrate foretell with certainty that Job is likely to commit a similar offence? What if he doesn't? I hope on appeal to superior court, a learned judge will grant Sikhala bail.

🙄 4 days ago

Ko mutongei ka mumupe his sentence zvipere since you are already labeling him and unrependent and icorrigible criminal? So it means those 60something times he was guilty but you did not sentence him appropriately! Zvonyanyisa zvinoitwa muDzimbaremabwe.


Gwedu 4 days ago

They are captured!!


CID 4 days ago

I don't like Sikhala but magistrate vadhomoka,,, accused more than 62 times doesn't mean he was guilty


mtt 4 days ago

reason for denying bail is not concrete if the magistrate had said he violated previous bail conditions zvaive nani kwete kuhumana uko


Maparamuro 4 days ago

A crime for which he has not been convicted. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Why not try him and convict him if there is evidence, why keep him behind bars without trial.
Do we have a justice system in this country???


Injustice 4 days ago

Our judges and magistrates are a disgrace

Grandpa Rick 4 days ago

We are doomed

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VYBZ KARTEL 4 days ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣you think this country will be handed to you on a silver platter. Those currently in power fought for it, now you want it to be manna from heaven without pain and suffering. There is no food for a lazy man.


4 days ago

And you believe your own lies 😂 😂 😂

4 days ago

Ini chero zvikadii vote yangu kuZanu noo ,


CIO 4 days ago

JERE ROGWADZA


mukmeric 4 days ago

kudenga kuchatsva munhu kuchiridzwa fire emoji 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


Ndimba Ndimba 4 days ago

Zvokuvharira munhu more a kumutonga ndezvechimhondi. How can a whole magistrate label a suspect a criminal before he has been found guilty of any crime. It shows hatred and biasedness by the magistrate . These magistrates are a captured cabal of Zanu puppets ,**** !!! !! !!


Ndimba Ndimba 4 days ago

Zvokuvharira munhu more a kumutonga ndezvechimhondi. How can a whole magistrate label a suspect a criminal before he has been found guilty of any crime. It shows hatred and biasedness by the magistrate . These magistrates are a captured cabal of Zanu puppets ,**** !!! !! !!


Ndimba Ndimba 4 days ago

Zvokuvharira munhu more a kumutonga ndezvechimhondi. How can a whole magistrate label a suspect a criminal before he has been found guilty of any crime. It shows hatred and biasedness by the magistrate . These magistrates are a captured cabal of Zanu puppets ,**** !!! !! !!


Joe Brownn Mutasa 4 days ago

All these magistrates are on Zanu-PF payroll.


zimbo 4 days ago

criminal ??????kkkkkkk,joke of the year


4 days ago

Our judges and magistrates are a disgrace


Doug 4 days ago

Is there an explanation as to why he has been arrested by the police 63 times and the courts did not find a charge to convict him during the 63 times! I think the courts should find the reason why they keep arresting a particular citizen and, for 63 times, they were not supposed to have rested that particular individual.


Sabhuku 4 days ago

Ndamunyarira Magistrate uyu. I thought the captured did mock trials against those who represent the voiceless- always rehe****d these proceedings before the actual hearing.
Ndamunyarira


4 days ago

rehear$ed

Patriotic 4 days ago

He is a criminal ,,60 crimes pa munhu one


2 days ago

Point of correction... Alleged to have committed 60 crimes and was found not guilty on all of them Kkkkk Cooked up charges and harrassment of political opponents I guess

Mukanyapazvese 4 days ago

Prehistoric judgment exposes judge and raises eyebrows. Is the supposedly learned judge a seer


wicked witch 3 days ago

after all the judges are appointed by the president.. so tu say ...


3 days ago

Job may the Lord destroy all your enemies.


Detective Jones 3 days ago

Where are your laywers my friend! With influential laywers you should be out already, i think u should just change the advocates handling your case.



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