Sikhala, Sithole bail appeal postponed

By Fungai Jachi

THR High Court has deferred to Thursday the hearing of an appeal for bail by CCC Legislators, Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole, who are facing charges of inciting public violence, after the State requested for time to file its response.

Sikhala and Sithole who are appealing against a Magistrates Court decision not to grant them bail are accused of mobilising CCC party supporters to unleash violence in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza, during Moreblessing Ali’s funeral wake.

Harare Magistrate Mr Gibson Mandaza denied the duo bail, ruling that they are a threat to public security and are most likely to commit similar offences if freed on bail.

Meanwhile, CCC Activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri’s case has been deferred to the 13th of this month.

On the day, Chief Magistrate Mrs Faith Mushure is expected to make a ruling on whether the State can play and produce CCTV footage as evidence against the duo.

According to the State, the footage places the accused persons at a shopping centre in Harare at a time they claimed to have been abducted by State security agents.

The defence was against the production of the footage, arguing that it could have been tempered with.

A ruling on whether the footage can be produced as evidence or not is expected to be delivered on the 13th of this month.