Former opposition MP Job Sikhala has been acquitted by the High Court in a case where he was accused of obstructing the course of justice. The allegations stemmed from his purported announcement that a Zanu PF activist was responsible for the murder of Moreblessing Ali.
The State claimed that Sikhala posted a video with the intention of misleading the police who were investigating Ali’s dismembered body. Justices Pisirayi Kwenda and Benjamin Chikowero, sitting as an appeal court, ruled that magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa had made an error in convicting Sikhala in May of the current year.
The appeal court justices nullified the lower court’s conviction and directed that the politician be declared “not guilty and acquitted.” Despite the acquittal, Sikhala will remain in detention as he faces additional charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct in a separate trial.
In other news – Cholera kills over 150 in Zimbabwe
These days, Catherine Mangosho locks her 3-year-old grandson in the house for hours on end in an attempt to shield him from a deadly cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. The virulent bacterial disease is killing the young and the old in the southern African country, with health authorities reporting more than 150 suspected deaths and over 8,000 suspected cases since February.
Cholera has often broken out across Zimbabwe in recent years with deadly consequences and has surged and spread again over the last month, driven by the sometimes terrible sanitation conditions in poor, neglected townships and neighborhoods in the capital, Harare, and elsewhere. Read More