Court to rule on Sikhala’s appeal


Two High Court Judges will on Tuesday hand down their verdict on an appeal filed by former Zengeza West legislator Job Sikhala.

Justice Benjamin Chikowero and Justice Pisirayi Kwenda will deliver the ruling.

Sikhala is challenging his conviction and sentence for allegedly obstructing or defeating the course of justice. He was convicted on May 3, 2023 by Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa,

According to the state, Sikhala recorded and circulated a video clip wherein he intended to mislead police officers probing the murder of opposition activist, Moreblessing Ali.

Gofa sentenced Sikhala to pay a fine of US$600, failure of which he would serve six months in prison.

Through his lawyers Jeremiah Bamu and Harrison Nkomo of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Sikhala then filed an appeal at the High Court seeking to set aside his conviction and sentence.

Sikhala has spent more than a year in detention at Chikurubi Maximum Prison. 

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