Crime & Courts

Job Sikhala Convicted for Obstructing Course of Justice

By Court Reporter

HARARE – Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator for Zengeza West Constituency, Job Sikhala has been convicted for obstructing the course of justice by a Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa.

Sentencing is set for 2.15 PM this Wednesday.

He is the second prominent opposition politician to be convicted over an offence relating to violence incitement after Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume was Friday jailed three years over social media calls for corruption against government back in 2020.

Sikhala is accused of disturbing police investigations into the May 2022 murder of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza.

The Zengeza West MP, who was the lawyer for Ali’s family, is accused of appearing in a social media video image while threatening revenge against Ali’s murderers.

Prosecutors argued that Sikhala disturbed investigations into the matter considering that the police were already investigating the murder.

Sikhala, however, denied the allegations right up to the end of trial.

During trial, Sikhala denied ever publishing the video prosecutors are relying on and ever addressing mourners during Ali’s funeral wake.

He maintained his innocence saying when this incident allegedly happened, he was at his rural home.

Sikhala also argued that the State had failed to prove that the video was not edited by persons keen on fixing him.

Moreover, video expert Olaf Koschke who testified in his defence also told the same court the video that the state relied on was edited.

The magistrate said the court will rule on the authenticity of the video at a later stage.

Sikhala is also accused of inciting public violence and facts are based on the same utterances allegedly captured in a video.

He has been in jail since his arrest on 14 June 2022 and his many attempts to secure bail were rejected both at the magistrates’ court and High Court.

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