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Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2024

Job Sikhala found guilty of publishing falsehoods on social media

Prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician, Job Sikhala, has been fined and given a nine-month suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of publishing falsehoods in social media by Harare magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka on Thursday.

Sikhala was last week convicted of communicating falsehoods and was also fined a sum ofUS$500 by 4 March 2024 which failing to do so will result in him spending two months imprison.

Job Sikhala lawyer Harrison Nkomo in response to the verdict, said his client should never have been charged in the first place under a law which the top court long ruled to be unconstitutional.

He further said “We are going to file our appeal as a registration of our displeasure of the judgment, we disagree with it, it has no foundation, it is not sound, the law no longer exists and it is wrong for a court to convict someone on law that no longer exists. The effect of a striking of a section by the Constitutional Court means it is dead, how does it resuscitate in no ways it can’t,” said Nkomo.

The Opposition leader, 52, was convicted for the same in January and was handed a suspended sentence which lawyers say, he can now be liberated from the coarse and herd Chikurubi maximum security prison in Zimbabwe.

Sikhala, who is a candid official with the main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change party and a former member of parliament is seen by many as the face of oppositeness to Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and was arrested in June 2022 following the killing and dismembering of an activist from his party.

Sikhala denied the charges, saying that he was simply acting as the family’s lawyer helping them try to find Ali whose body parts were later discovered in a well.

The politician who was has just released from almost two years of pre-trial detention on unrelated charges, accuses the government of weaponizing the courts, and faces another appearance Today 16th Friday 2024.

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