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Zanu PF wades into CCC feud; calls for more security around Sikhala

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By Staff Reporter


RULING party Zanu PF has called for tighter security around jailed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator, Job Sikhala, who has clocked more than 200 days behind bars for allegedly inciting violence and defeating the course of justice.

Zanu PF Director for Information, Tafadzwa Mugwadi, said this was necessary considering recent sentiments by Sikhala that some of the people close to him were hypocrites.

Sikhala accused some of his allies of trying to bring him poisoned food with a friendly smile.

“The State should increase security for Job Sikhala1 following his expression of real fears of danger from his peers in  CCC,” Mugwadi said on Twitter.

“Counter-killing in opposition is real but always finds a scapegoat in blaming the Zanu PF. The hypocrites he refers to are his rivals in CCC,” he added.

Sikhala expressed fears over his safety in an emotional New Year’s message sent to Zimbabweans from Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

His remarks come at a time there are mixed feelings with regard to his continued detention, with some critics claiming CCC leader, Nelson Chamisa was letting him down.

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Sikhala said the experience has enabled him to know his enemies and real friends.

Zanu PF Director of Communication Tafadzwa Mugwadi

“The University of Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison has revealed to me treacherous hypocrites, sell outs, colluders with my persecution, opportunists trying to capitalise on the predicament of the moment for cheap political and financial gain from my tormentors,” wrote Sikhala.

The CCC legislator also revealed that he had not been well for some time.

“Some wished me dead. I am sick. Please, they must then pray for my death.

“Some plotted schemes to destroy me by spreading false intelligence given to them by their handlers and are dabbling in rumoUr mongering and get into deals to the extent of carrying poisoned food to deliver it with a friendly smile. I am aware of all their shenanigans,” Sikhala said.

The CCC Member of Parliament did not mention or thank the party, even its leader Nelson Chamisa in his emotional letter.

He thanked the masses and people of Zimbabwe mentioning that he had some fallacies about people  close to him.

“With respect, prison teaches one to distinguish real and true friends on the one hand and hypocrites on the other.

“It opened me and exorcised from me some fallacies and falsehoods I had about some people around me.

“It made me discover that my sincere, genuine and eternal friends are the masses and people of Zimbabwe, cutting across all classes and professions, domestically and in the diaspora.

“The passion of their roars and bellows I hear on a daily basis is amazing and extraordinary. A million kisses of love my dearest friends. Your sharing of pain with me is historic,” Sikhala said.

He was arrested together with a dozen other activists for allegedly  inciting violence to avenge the death  of slain party member Moreblessing Ali.

The other activists have since been freed.