It keeps getting worse for jailed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislator Job Sikhala who will now endure prison all by himself after his colleagues were granted bail earlier today.
14 CCC activists, who were imprisoned together with Sikhala after violence broke out in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza at the funeral of a slain fellow party supporter, were released on ZWL50,000 bail each.
The names of the 14 are Precious Jeche, Audious Makoma, Misheck Guzha, Shepherd Bulakazi, Tatenda Pindahama, Enoch Tsoka, Emmanuel Muradzikwa, Chauya Shopa, Roan Tsoka, Zephaniah Chinembiri, Zecks Makoni, Robert Madzokera, Clever Sibanda and Ephrage Gwavava.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Sikhala cried when prison officials blocked party president Nelson Chamisa’s access to meet him at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.
Chamisa claimed that prison officials told him that they had been instructed by Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi not to allow him to see his party members.
Ziyambi, however, dismissed the report and labelled Chamisa a “pathological liar”. Explaining what happened, the main opposition leader said he was pained to see and hear Sikhala complaining about why they were being blocked from meeting their leader.
“When we were blocked from seeing Sikhala and Sithole, they had already been told that we had come to visit them. From where we were trying to gain entry to meet the legislators, I could see them.
“I saw Job and Sithole but I did not meet them. I could see their faces. From their expressions, I could tell they were distraught as they realised that we were being blocked from meeting them,” he said.
“Job literally shed tears when he realised that we were not going to be allowed to meet them. It pained me. I heard him shouting, ‘Why, Why, Why?’ I felt the pain. That was malicious infliction of harm. “Job had a notebook in his hand. I knew he had a lot to discuss with me.
He wanted so much to meet me but I was blocked. As we walked away, Job broke down; I saw and heard him weeping. He could not bear it. That was so heart-breaking.”
– Nehanda Radio