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Job Sikhala denied bail

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By Mary Taruvinga


MDC Alliance vice chairperson Job Sikhala was Thursday denied bail by Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube.

He faces violence incitement charges linked to foiled July 31 anti-government protests.

In denying him bail, Ncube said the MDC top politician was facing a serious offence and that he was caught hiding when police were looking for him.

Police said they found Sikhala hiding in a ceiling at a house in Tynwald on the day of his arrest.

“Assuming that he never saw the press statement (that police were looking for him), from the videos it shows that he was somehow aware that the police were looking for him.

“He was aware that the police were already looking for him. If he was not hiding, he should have surrendered himself to the nearest police station.

“Instead, he went on to shoot some videos which he then publicised,” said Ncube.

The magistrate was referring to videos posted by the opposition official while hiding in a bush somewhere declaring Zimbabwe must be freed from the clutches of an oppressive Zanu PF rule.

In his arguments for bail earlier, Sikhala had told court he has been arrested 64 times in his political life and never did he abscond trial.

But Ncube said that did not lessen the weight of his offence.

“Each case should be treated based on its own merits,” he said.

“In light of this evidence, this court is of the view that this candidate is not suitable for bail and it is hereby denied.”