Sikhala, Sithole sentencing moved to Tuesday

By Staff Reporter

By Staff Reporter

Opposition CCC politicians Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole’s sentencing has been moved to this Tuesday after the court on Monday heard mitigation from the defence.

This follows their conviction on public incitement charges last week.

During trial, Sikhala was accused of posting a video on various social media platforms encouraging members of the public to engage in acts of violence to revenge the death of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali who was murdered in Nyatsime, Beatrice by a known Zanu PF supporter.

The incident, according to the state, happened on 12 June 2022.

The court was also told the two provided transport to ferry party supporters from Epworth and Chitungwiza to take part in forms of violence in the area.

They were accused of driving around Nyatsime persuading members of the public to take part in the violence.

As a result of their actions, court was told during trial, party supporters thronged Chibhanguza Shopping Centre in Nyatsime and indiscriminately assaulted ordinary members of the public and known Zanu PF supporters as well as vandalising shops and beerhalls.

CCC members also went around terrorising residents around Nyatsime, destroying homes and vehicles in the process.

Sikhala and Sithole’s conviction has been met with wide exasperation by the opposition and civil society which continues to claim the politicians were being persecuted for their political beliefs.

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