Sikhala, Sithole bid for freedom flops

By Peter Chivhima

OPPOSITION Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislators, Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole’s bid for freedom hit a snag after their bail appeal was dismissed by the High Court this Wednesday.

Sikhala and Sithole had approached the High Court challenging the Harare Magistrate court’s decision to deny them bail in a case they are accused of inciting public violence in Nyatsime area of Chitungwiza early this month.

High Court judge, Justice Munamato Mutevedzi ruled that the duo’s application was defective and devoid of reasonable grounds of appeal before advising them to put their house in order.

Sikhala and Sithole were arrested on June 14 charged with inciting public violence in Nyatsime area of Chitungwiza on the pretext of avenging the death of Moreblessing Ali whose mutilated body was found in a disused well.

The violence left a trail of destruction after a number of houses, shops and cars were destroyed while some shops were looted.

Sikhala and Sithole are in custody after their initial bail application was denied by Harare Deputy Chief Magistrate, Gibson Mandaza who ruled that they were likely to commit a similar offence.

Sikhala was denied bail on the basis that he was a repeated offender while Sithole was deemed a man of means since he allegedly provided transport for those who engaged in the orgy of violence.

This comes at a time when the prime suspect in the heinous murder case, Pius Mukandi alias Jamba is in custody and has allegedly confessed to the murder.