Job Sikhala spends first night at home

FREED: Job Sikhala


HARARE: Job Sikhala slept at his Chitungwiza home last night after spending 595 days at Chikurumbi maximum prison.

The State released Sikhala in the middle of the night, but news of his release from prison was received with jubilation.

Speaking to the media last night while waiting to be taken home, Sikhala vowed to pick up the pieces of his life with the guidance of the people of Zimbabwe.

“Everything I will do from here after some time of reflection will depend on what the people of Zimbabwe want me to do,” said Sikhala who looked fit and in high spirits.

Wiwa gained his freedom after Magistrate Tafadzwa Miti slapped him and Godfrey Sithole a wholly suspended two-year jail sentence following their conviction for inciting public violence.

The two were convicted last week for inciting public violence in the Nyatsime area following the murder of CCC activist Moreblessing Ali by a Zanu PF activist, Pius Jamba.

The two insist they are innocent and will appeal against their conviction at the High Court.

“In this case, public violence eventually erupted in the Nyatsime area. However, the court has taken note of the fact that the two are both first offenders. First offenders should be given a second chance.

“In this case, the court has the view that the two will not reoffend. Secondly, the offenders have already faced precondition incarceration

“Both the accused. Two years imprisonment wholly suspended on condition of good behaviour,” said Miti in handing down his judgment.

His lawyer Harrison Nkomo said the firebrand politician will be released from jail as that was the case keeping him in detention.

“The legal effect of that is that he is now a free man. This is the only case that has been keeping him in custody so He is going to come out today,” said Nkomo.

● Job Sikhala and co accused Godfrey Sithole have been handed wholly suspended 2-year jail sentences after they were convicted for inciting public violence. Job Sikhala is now set to be going home today

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