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Sikhala Remanded to the 24th of July in Bikita Jail

Christine Nhamo
Written by Christine Nhamo

Lawyers for Job Sikhala, the deputy chair of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), say he was blindfolded during pre-trial detention and denied access to his family, lawyers and medication.

The MDC has described Mr Sikhala’s arrest as a malicious prosecution.

Mr Sikhala will remain in a rural jail until 24 July in Bikita, 217 miles (350km) south of the capital Harare, pending a decision on his bail application.

He was arrested this week and charged with subversion, after an unverified video circulating on social media appeared to show him saying:

“We are going to take the fight to the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa, we are going to overthrow him before 2023, that is not a joke.”

It is these statements that have put the man at the mercy of the law as such statements smack of treason.

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