Sikhala escapes jail again; gets wholly suspended sentence for publishing falsehoods

FREED: Job Sikhala


Harare magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka has sentenced former Zengeza West legislator Job Sikhala to nine months prison term wholly suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offense.

Sikhala who was last week convicted of communicating falsehoods was also fined US$500 to be paid by 4 March 2024 failing which he shall spend two months in prison.

Addressing journalists outside the Harare Magistrates, Sikhala’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo said his client had been sentenced as follows;

“As you are aware, we just coming out of court for the sentencing of Job Sikhala for contravening section 31 subsection 1 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Law Codification basically a law criminalizing publication of falsehoods, a law nullified by the Constitutional Court, the highest court of the land in 2014, that not withstanding the magistrate proceeded to pronounce a sentence and Job Sikhala has been sentenced as follows; 9 months imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar within the specified period, further to that he has been ordered to pay a fine of US$500 failing which he shall spend an effective 2 months in prison and has been ordered to pay that on the 4th of March 2024.”

Nkomo said they will file an appeal against the judgement which they believe has no foundation as it is based on a section of the law that was struck off the statutes. We are Ignite Media Zimbabwe.

“We are going to file our appeal as a registration of our displeasure of the judgement, 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 no ways it can’t,” said Nkomo.

Meanwhile, Sikhala still has two outstanding cases which were both concluded and waiting rulings.

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