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LAWYERS representing firebrand MDC Alliance deputy national chairperson Job “Wiwa” Sikhala, pictured, say the heavily-built and larger-than-life Zengeza West legislator’s health is deteriorating at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison where he is being held pending his trial.
“We are making frantic efforts to have his private doctors visit him at the prison. We will be able to make further comments after doctors assess him.“We were blocked from seeing him. They said they had closed for the day at 3pm,” his lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, told the Daily News.
“The finding by the court a quo that appellant went into hiding for sometime before he could be arrested is inconsistent with established evidence in that no evidence was adduced by the State of any effort to contact appellant for him to surrender himself to the police at any stage.“No evidence was adduced by the State that they made it public that they wanted the appellant in connection with any offence,” his lawyers are arguing.
“Even then, there is nothing ex facie the press statement that appellant was sought in connection with the commission of any offence.“Instead, he was being sought on account of being an activist, which in itself is not an offence.“No legal obligation arises for one to surrender self to the police merely on account of being labelled an activist by the police,” Sikhala’s lawyers further argue.
His arrest sent tongues wagging at the time within opposition ranks, where accusations flew furiously as to how he ended up being nabbed by authorities.