Job Sikhala acquitted of plotting a coup against President Mnangagwa. Job Sikhala was arrested in July last year. He was charged with subverting a constitutional government as defined in section 22(2)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification&Reform) Act for allegedly advocating for the overthrowing of a government through unconstitutional means.
MDC national vice-chairperson and Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala has been acquitted of plotting to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa by the High Court. Sikhala was acquitted by Masvingo High Court Judge Justice Garainesu Mawadze.
The charges came after Sikhala told a rally in Bikita, Masvingo province that the opposition MDC Alliance party will stage a mega-demonstration that will bring down the government.
Said Sikhala: We are a committed leadership that will give Zanu PF headaches and [Amos] Chibaya was not lying or joking about the war and fight we are going to take to the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa. We are going to overthrow him before 2023 that is not a joke.
This did not go down well with the authorities who promptly arrested him and charged him with treason.
However, Sikhala’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) filed an application for exception arguing that according to the constitution the accused’s utterances did not constitute a crime.
Justice Mawadze agreed with this assessment and described as “bizarre” the allegation that Sikhala wanted to stage a coup against President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Justice Mawadze said that politicians should be allowed to be politicians. He added that there was nothing wrong with what Sikhala had said and found him not guilty of the treason charges.
Source – iHarare
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