Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa has convicted Zengesa West MP Job Sikhala on a charge of attempting to defeat the course of justice.
Sikhala has been languishing in jail for more than 300 days facing charges of inciting violence and attempting to defeat the course of justice. The Zengeza West legislator was arrested for his alleged inciting utterances he made at his client, Moreblessing Ali’s funeral.
In her ruling Gofa said the state proved that Sikhala authored and posted the video recording which claimed that the late Ali was killed by Zanu PF members.
“The court is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Sikhala was the one who recorded and uploaded the video.
“Sikhala was aware that police were investigating the murder case but he went ahead to make utterances that misled the police investigations,” she said.
CCC Spokesman Fadzayi Mahere dismissed the conviction as weaponisation of the law against government critics.
“Sikhala is being punished for legally representing Moreblessing Ali who was murdered for her politics,” said Mahere.
Mitigation and sentencing will be done later today.
Watch this space for further details…