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Sikhala’s Continued Detention Sparks Protests In Chitungwiza

Chitungwiza residents staged a flash demonstration on Friday demanding the release of detained Zengeza West Member of Parliament (MP) Job Sikhala.

The demonstration was held about 300 metres from Chitungwiza Central Police Station, where a multitude gathered, blocking roads, chanting and holding placards.

Sikhala was arrested in June together with a fellow legislator, Godfrey Sithole, and 14 Nyatsime residents activists for allegedly inciting the 14 June violence which erupted during the funeral wake of slain Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist, Moreblessing Ali.

They have been in prison since then with courts denying them bail.

One protestor told NewZimbabwe.com:

Today marks the beginning and end of a tyrannical, satanic, dictatorial regime by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Our message is very clear since day one, we now want to take this message to the doorstep of Chitungwiza Magistrate Courts because our fight is not only with this oppressive regime but it must be sent again to the judiciary system.

The opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa, a former Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services during the Government of National Unity (GNU) claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the judiciary are weaponising the law for political expediency. 

The president was recently petitioned to ensure the release of the detained political activists.

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