Job Sikhala granted $25 000 bail

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Nyasha Dube

MDC Alliance vice chairperson Job Sikhala was yesterday finally granted $25 000 bail by the High Court in a matter he is accused of communicating falsehoods.
The garrulous Zengeza West legislator had spent 23 days in custody after he allegedly commented on a viral video on Facebook over a scuffle between a woman and a police officer in Harare last month.

“We can confirm that Sikhala has been granted bail and is ordered to deposit $25 000 to the Clerk of Court. He is ordered to reside at his address and the previous bail conditions stand,” Sikhala’s lawyer Paidamoyo Saurombe told the Daily News yesterday.

Prosecutors allege Sikhala and other social media users were claiming that the police officer had killed the woman’s child by striking it with a baton.

Following the incident, police later released a statement saying both the woman and the child were fine rebuffing the social media claims.

“This monstrosity in our country must come to an end. People are already suffering through a mirage of problems and you just take your baton and kill a nine-month-old child. “We have reached a boiling point.

This year igore rezvimbokoma (It’s a year of fighting). Wait and see. I swear with my dead mother,” Sikhala is alleged to have posted on Facebook.

During the bail application, Sikhala’s defence team had argued that the politician had been arrested on 65 occasions, but there was not even a single conviction against their client.

“He has no previous conviction. This is despite him having been arrested on more than 65 occasions on account of his political activism since the year 2000. He has been acquitted on all charges that were taken to court.

“In all the matters he was taken to court, he was admitted to bail and religiously complied with his bail conditions until the matters were finalised,” his lawyers claimed.

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